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With Anthony Bemboom out, Rays go shopping for another catcher, acquire veteran Erik Kratz

Kratz played a key role for Brewers in 2018, but was struggling and DFA’d by Giants this year.
Erik Kratz was acquired from the Giants for a player to be named.
Published May 16

NEW YORK – With a third catcher injured, the Rays went out to find another veteran replacement Thursday, acquiring Erik Kratz from the Giants for a player to be named.

Kratz takes the place of rookie Anthony Bemboom, who was placed on the 10-day injured list after spraining his left knee Wednesday in his second big-league start. The Rays also get cash in the deal, which will be used to offset Kratz’s $1.5 million salary.

Kratz will now join Travis d’Arnaud, who was acquired last Friday, as replacements for the Rays injured top two catchers, Mike Zunino and Michael Perez. The Rays opted to trade for Kratz rather than promote Nick Ciuffo, their most advanced catching prospect, who was sent back to Triple-A after starting last Friday’s game.

Kratz, 38, played a key role for the Brewers last season but struggled after being traded to the Giants in March, hitting just .125 in 15 games and getting designated for assignment on Monday. He is expected to join the Rays for Friday’s game against the Yankees.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated for assignment Aaron Slegers, who was pitching at Triple-A (2-1, 6.15) after being picked up from Pittsburgh at the end of spring training. He was slated to start for Durham on Thursday but was scratched shortly before game time.


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