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Brewers, Erik Kratz avoid arbitration

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The Brewers announced that the club and catcher Erik Kratz have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Kratz was eligible for arbitration in his third of four years. He’ll earn $300,000 guaranteed and $1.2 million in total if he stays in the majors, per Jon Heyman of Fancred.

Kratz, 38, was lackluster with the bat during the regular season, batting .236/.280/.355 in 219 plate appearances. However, he played solid enough defense and handled the pitching staff well. During the playoffs, Kratz had two hits and two RBI in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Rockies and three hits in Game 3, helping the Brewers advance to the NLCS. Understandably, the Brewers wanted him back.

Kratz is still behind Manny Piña on the Brewers’ depth chart, but he could be in line for a bit more playing time in 2019.

Report: Brewers to sign Brock Holt

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Brock Holt. Contract details are not yet known.

Holt, 31, spent most of the last six years as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing a little bit of a lot of positions. Last year, he hit .297/.369/.402 with 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 295 plate appearances. He spent a majority of his time at second base but also logged time at first base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.

It will be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy Holt. His best chances at playing time would figure to be at third base and shortstop.