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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.

Mariano Rivera awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump on Monday. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor to “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Babe Ruth was posthumously awarded the medal last year. Yogi Berra got it posthumously in 2015, and Willie Mays and Vin Scully were also awarded it the same year.

Trump and Rivera are close. Rivera, who is from Panama, has been criticized for his relationship with Trump. Defending that relationship, Rivera said on Fox & Friends in July, “Mr. President Trump to me, he was a friend of mine before he became president. So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him. I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”

Rivera, 49, served on Trump’s Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. In 2018, Rivera co-chaired Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Rivera also co-hosted a fundraiser dinner for the America First Action PAC, which supports Trump and was also hosted by Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.

This past January, Rivera became the first player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously. He is the all-time leader in saves with 652 as well as adjusted ERA (also known as ERA+) at 205. He retired with a 2.21 ERA and 1,173 strikeouts across 1,283 2/3 innings, spanning 19 seasons with the Yankees.