Phils trade C Kratz to Blue Jays for RHP Lincoln

The Philadelphia Phillies traded catcher Erik Kratz and

left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for righty Brad

Lincoln on Tuesday night.

Lincoln will compete for a spot in Philadelphia’s bullpen. He

was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 games for Toronto in 2013. He had 25

strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings and pitched more than one inning in 13

of his 22 relief appearances. The 28-year-old Lincoln is 9-11 with

one save and a 4.66 ERA in 97 career games with Pittsburgh Pirates

and Toronto.

Kratz hit .213 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 68 games with

Philadelphia last season. He began the year as the starting catcher

because Carlos Ruiz was serving a 25-game suspension for using a

banned amphetamine. Kratz hit .230 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs in

120 games over three seasons with the Phillies.

The 33-year-old Kratz spent 10 years in the minors before making

his major league debut with the Pirates in 2010. He’ll back up

newly signed Dioner Navarro in Toronto.

The Phillies signed Ruiz to a three-year deal last month and

will likely add a veteran backup soon.

Rasmussen, acquired in the trade that sent Michael Young to the

Los Angeles Dodgers, was 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in the minors.