According to a report by Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent catcher Erik Kratz. Kratz will also receive an invite to major league spring training.
Kratz, 39, rejoins the Yankees organization after spending parts of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons with them. In addition to 1027 games at the minor league level, Kratz has 316 games in the majors including four with the Yankees in 2017, but he is best known for the time he spent with the Brewers in 2018.
The signing of Erik Kratz gives the Yankees much needed upper level catching depth. With Austin Romine going to Detroit, Kyle Higashioka assuming the backup duties in the major leagues and losing six additional minor league catchers to free agency the Yankees were in need of backstops.
Kratz hit .299/.375/.500 over 46 games in 2019 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He appeared in 21 games with both the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bat Rays last season, hitting .102/.170/.204.