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July 29, 2014

Transaction Analysis

The Migration of the Backups

by Sam Miller


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Acquired C-R Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks from Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Danny Valencia. [7/28]

Timing is everything. We once wrote a 2,000-word article with six GIFs, four photos, an embedded video and a graph, all about Erik Kratz. Since then he has hit .209/.265/.374, undershot replacement level by both our model and Baseball-Reference’s, and now switched teams twice. When we wrote that piece two years ago Kratz was a 32-year-old rookie, so just imagine how old he must be now.

Still, if a backup catcher can provide even one or two tools you can consider him a success, at least as long as he’s never pressed into full-time duty. Kratz has exactly that many tools: He can hit a ball a long way off the bench (higher isolated power over the past two years than Buster Posey, Chris Iannetta, Salvador Perez, and all but 13 other catchers); and he can frame at an above-average rate.

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