The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that catcher Erik Kratz has cleared waivers and he elected to become a free agent rather than accept his assignment to Indianapolis.

During his time with the Pirates, Kratz hit .107/.107/.179 in 18 games and threw out 44% of base runners attempting to steal. He was brought in back on June 11th when Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Elias Diaz were all injured at the same time and the Pirates let him go once Cervelli and Diaz were ready to play this week.

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  1. Kratz did a nice job filling in!! Sorry he couldn’t hit!! Remember, he did win a game for us with a HR!! For that, thank u!! Wish him the best!!

    • He hit arguably the most important homerun of the year, to win Locke’s excellent start against the Giants to stop the bleeding in June after that embarrassing sweep by the Cubs.

  2. Kratz is trying to tie Casper Wells’ record of belonging to 5 different franchises in a single season. Assuming you count San Diego, which signed him and traded him to Houston days before the season started, Kratz is at 4. Someone’s going to pick him up.

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