Yankees acquire Erik Kratz from Indians

June 16, 2016: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Erik Kratz (38) at the plate during a regular season game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Yankees have officially acquired minor league catcher Erik Kratz from the Cleveland Indians, the club formally announced on Thursday afternoon. In exchange for the veteran backstop’s services, the Yankees will be sending cash considerations back to Cleveland.

Adding to the club’s recent activity, the Yankees returned left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday evening while also optioning fellow southpaw Caleb Smith down to the same minor league affiliate. It is also worth noting that Montgomery had served as the club’s 26th player for New York’s Wednesday doubleheader against the aforementioned Indians.

The 37-year-old Kratz has yet to appear in a regular-season game atop the highest level thus far into the 2017 campaign. However, the seasoned catcher is no stranger to the big league level as he originally broke into the majors back in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After spending his first go-round as a major leaguer in the “Steel City,” Kratz has since made appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros along the way. On the other hand, he has served multiple stints with both the Phillies and Pirates while splitting last season between Houston and Pittsburgh.

As it stands today, Kratz is the owner of an even .200 career batting average with 24 home runs and 73 RBIs to coincide with his .248 on-base percentage. Now headed to the “Big Apple” for the first time, he has already appeared in 225 regular-season games as a big league player en route to receiving a total of 599 at-bats in all.

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