Yankees re-sign catcher Erik Kratz
Kratz, 37, was acquired by the Yankees from Cleveland last August 31 for cash considerations, and he served as the team's third catcher in September.
Prior to coming to New York, Kratz was with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate, where he hit .270 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 86 games. As a Yankee, Kratz appeared in four games and went 2-for-2 with two RBI, and was with the team throughout the playoffs (although not on the active roster).
Following the season, the Yankees outrighted Kratz, who could have remained under team control as an arbitration-eligible player this winter, off the 40-man roster, but he chose to become a free agent rather than accept the assignment.
For his career, Kratz is a .203 hitter with 24 home runs in 228 games over parts of eight seasons with the Pirates, Phillies, Blue Jays, Royals, Astros, and Yankees.