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.