Rays acquire Kratz; Bemboom to injured list

May 17th, 2019

With going on the injured list with a left knee sprain, the Rays acquired veteran catcher from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced on Thursday.

The Giants will also send Tampa Bay cash in order to help pay for the $1.5 million owed this season to Kratz, who will join the team on Friday in New York for its three-game set against the Yankees.

Kratz, 38, was designated for assignment by the Giants on May 13 after starting the season hitting just .125 (4-for-32). The 10-year veteran has a career .208 batting average, but he had six home runs in 67 games with the Brewers last season and hit .292 in nine postseason games.

Tampa Bay now has two catchers with postseason experience on its active roster with Kratz and Travis d’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Dodgers on May 10.

With Bemboom, Mike Zunino and Michael Perez all sidelined with an injury, the Rays had to make moves to add catchers to their roster. They could’ve opted to promote catcher Nick Ciuffo from Triple-A Durham, but the club has said it prefers to keep the 24-year-old catcher in the Minors so he gets consistent playing time to help his development, especially at the plate.

Right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers, who was acquired from Pittsburgh on March 30, has been designated for assignment in order to make room for Kratz on the Rays' 40-man roster. Slegers, 26, has some big league experience but had a 6.15 ERA over seven starts with Triple-A Durham this season.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.