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Giants acquire Eric Kratz from Brewers

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The Giants have acquired catcher Eric Kratz from the Brewers, the teams announced Sunday. Minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa will return to Milwaukee in the trade. As Kratz is currently out of options, the Giants designated right-hander Jose Lopez for assignment in a corresponding move.

The trade will give 38-year-old Kratz yet another team to add to a long list of major-league assignments; to be precise, his eighth in nine years. He polished off a one-year gig with the Brewers in 2018, slashing .236/.280/.355 with six home runs, a .634 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR across 219 plate appearances. He’ll likely be tabbed for a backup role behind Buster Posey alongside catcher/first baseman Aramís García.

Hinojosa, 24, is still working through the lower rungs of the minors and will serve as organizational depth for the Brewers. The shortstop split his 2018 season between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond, batting a combined .265/.330/.358 with three homers, six stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .689 OPS across 311 PA.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.