The Yankees and Indians made a minor trade on Thursday. The Indians sent catcher Erik Kratz to the Yankees for cash considerations.
Kratz, 37, hasn’t played in the majors yet this season. At Triple-A Columbus, he hit .270/.359/.472 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 324 plate appearances.
You may recall that the Yankees threw down with the Tigers in a benches clearing brawl last week. Catcher Gary Sanchez was suspended four games for his involvement, which included throwing punches. Backup backstop Austin Romine was suspended two games. Adding Kratz helps the Yankees deal with the brief loss of Sanchez and Romine. Rosters expand on Friday.
The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.
Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.
In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.
Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.