Yankees acquire catcher Erik Kratz from Indians

The Yankees struck a deal just before the August 31 waiver trade deadline after they acquired Erik Kratz from the Indians for cash considerations. The trade is in response to the Yankees preparing for a few games without Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine due to the brawl in Detroit.
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Initially, Sanchez was to be suspended four-games for his sucker punch on Miguel Cabrera during the altercation. Romine was suspended for two-games essentially for defending himself, and both have elected to appeal.

Romine could get out of his suspension, but it is unlikely Sanchez is not kept out for a few games. The trade is necessary because Kyle Higashioka is currently on the DL in AAA, and he is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

Kratz, 37, is hitting .270/.359/.472 (132 wRC+) with 13 homers in 326 Triple-A plate appearances. He is a career .200 hitter with 24 homers in 225 career MLB games, so he will be nothing more than a filler for a few games in the event that the team is without Sanchez and Romine. For now, he will likely head to Triple-A Scranton.

Article by: Chad Raines

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