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Rays designate Erik Kratz; activate Mike Zunino

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians
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After losing three catchers to injury, the Rays acquired 39-year old catcher Erik Kratz (who had been designated by the Giants) to help fill the void at back stop alongside Travis d’Arnaud.

Coming off a 2018 post-season with the Brewers, Kratz has performed well as an emergency option, but with the return of the team’s primary catcher, it was time for another designation for assignment.

It’s a shame, because honestly I’ve liked his work behind the plate. I would have liked to see what the Rays could have done with two catchers on the bench or by trying d’Arnaud in the field, but alas Kratz will be on the move to the minors or elsewhere.

On the season Kratz has seen 53 plate appearances, and reached base seven times, but he wasn’t acquired for his offense.

Notably, Kratz spoke well of his teammates and the Rays culture along the way.

Best of luck, Kratz.