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Catcher Wilkin Castillo pictured with the Trenton Thunder last season.(Martin Griff)


Yankees Trade Kratz, Release Lind in Flurry of Minor League Moves

The Yankees announced a series of minor league transactions on Friday morning affecting the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Catcher Eric Kratz has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers organization in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 37-year old backstop was slashing .269/.356/.538 with four homers and six RBI in just 52 at-bats in 17 games of action.

Catcher Wilkin Castillo pictured with the Trenton Thunder last season.(Martin Griff)

Taking his place on the roster will be catcher Wilkin Castillo, who was signed earlier this week from the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League where he was slashing .314/.400/.486 with two homers and 12 RBI in 20 games. Castillo spent time with the organization in the upper-levels last season and hit just .196 in 59 games between Double-A Trenton and Scranton.

The Yankees also announced that veteran Adam Lind has been released from his contract and is now a free-agent. The 34-year old lefty was signed by the Yankees late in spring training and was released shortly thereafter when it became apparent that he would not crack the big league roster out of camp. Lind then came back on a minor league deal in April and hit just .241 with two homers and seven RBI in 16 games with SWB. The major league veteran will once again hit the open market looking to latch on with a big league club.

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