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
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.