Erik Kratz C KC 3 weeks ago

Kratz was released by the Mariners on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Kratz was signed a couple weeks ago to provide organizational catching depth, but he didn't last long with the Mariners. He's already spent time with three organizations this season, trying to secure a backup job in the majors.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Thursday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox late last month, Kratz opted to seek an opportunity elsewhere. He's found one with the Mariners, but Kratz, a .217/.270/.400 career hitter at the major league level, will have to bide his time at Triple-A Tacoma for now. It may not be long before he supplants Jesus Sucre as the backup in Seattle.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz has elected free agency after being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

Kratz will look for a big-league job or at least a team that provides a better opportunity, as the impending return of Ryan Hanigan (hand) meant Kratz would have been fourth on Boston's organizational depth chart. He has 23 homers in 537 career plate appearances, but with a .270/.281/.464 slash line.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

With Blake Swihart healthy and Ryan Hanigan (hand) expected to return this week, Kratz is now fourth on the organizational depth chart. He may not get another shot in the majors this season.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz was designated for assignment Thursday, reports.

Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the week, but with Blake Swihart returning to the lineup, the Red Sox decided they did not need three catchers on the 25-man roster. He is now off the 40-man roster but could return to it within 10 days if the Red Sox decide to keep him.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Kratz, who was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on Sunday, will join the big league club Tuesday. Catcher Blake Swihart is listed as day-to-day with a foot injury, so Kratz will add some depth behind the plate. That said, the Red Sox will use Sandy Leon at catcher on Tuesday.

Erik Kratz C KC 1 month ago

Kratz was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on Sunday.

Kratz was beat out by Drew Butera for the backup catcher job in Kansas City, which eventually resulted in the backstop being designated for assignment. He'll serve as an insurance policy in Boston, just in case Blake Swihart (foot) is unavailable for an extended period of time. However, Sandy Leon should remain the primary catcher while Swihart is on the shelf.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 months ago

Kratz (foot) was reinstated from the disabled list and designated for assignment Thursday.

The Royals have been delaying the inevitable, maxing out Kratz's rehab assignment, but now that it is up, the backup catcher will pass through waivers. It seems that Drew Butera is a preferable No. 2 option for the Royals and Kratz should find his way to Triple-A assuming another team does not claim him.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 months ago

Kratz (foot) will be kept on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha until Wednesday, Fox Sports Kansas City's Matthew DeFranks reports.

Manager Ned Yost says the team plans to use the maximum number of days for Kratz's rehab assignment. At that point the team will have to make a decision about whether to roster Kratz or Drew Butera. Either way, the backup catcher in Kansas City will sit most days, making that player difficult to roster in most formats.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 months ago

Kratz (foot) remains without a definite timetable to rejoin the Royals, Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Kratz left for a rehab assignment May 21, but it sounds as though he may stay with the club for a while at least as the Royals weigh their options between he and Drew Butera. For now, the 35-year-old backstop remains at Triple-A, where he's gone 7-for-34 at the plate with two home runs in nine games.