Erik Kratz is the first player since 1879 to catch and pitch for two different teams in a season

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Pirates catcher Erik Kratz got the opportunity to pitch in Tuesday’s 15-4 blowout loss to the Giants. He faced five batters, allowing two hits and striking out one in a scoreless inning. It was the second time this season the 36-year-old backstop pitched. He did so on April 26 when he was with the Astros, who lost 11-1 to the Mariners. That time, he gave up two runs (one earneD) on three hits.

As baseball card company Topps illustrated with a commemorative card, Kratz is the first player since 1879 to both catch and pitch for two different teams in one season. It’s a rather specific bit of trivia, so it’s not quite as amazing as it seems on first blush but still interesting.

Kratz has had a tough time offensively this season, hitting a combined .061/.080/.143 in 50 plate appearances between the Astros and Pirates. But he’ll always have that trivia.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.