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Rays acquire Erik Kratz from Giants

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On Thursday evening, the Rays acquired catcher Erik Kratz from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named later.

Kratz, 38, was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday. He hit a lackluster .125/.222/.281 in 36 plate appearances backing up Buster Posey.

Kratz will serve as catching depth in Tampa Bay, something the first-place Rays desperately need right now with Mike Zunino, Michael Perez, and Anthony Bemboom banged up.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.