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Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen

Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

A minor trade in among all these high-profile deals, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

Lincoln was out of minor league options and the Blue Jays are loaded with relievers. The 28-year-old right-hander registered a 3.98 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 31 2/3 innings this past season for Toronto.

Kratz will battle Josh Thole for the backup job behind new Blue Jays starting catcher Dioner Navarro. Rasmussen is a 24-year-old left-hander with a rough 6.46 ERA in 54 1/3 career innings at the Triple-A level.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Good luck wherever you go Erick …

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    God speed Erik, hopefully Canadians appreciate turkey bacon and your impeccable acting skills as we did.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      While this trade makes sense, Ruben still found a way to piss me off. Kratz is my son’s favorite player. I don’t know why. Maybe his name sounded funny to a three year old. But he never wavered. Kratz remained his favorite.

      While joking with a friend who played with Kratz in the minors about how my son picked Kratz as his favorite, my friend said that he couldn’t pick a better player or person to emulate.

      Good luck Erik.

    • bleedgreen - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Fun fact, I used to be friends with the Godshalls. We used to goto their beach house and out on their boats. Nice people. Buy their meat.

  3. phillysports1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    He needs to give away for free , and I mean just give this guy up for free anyone can have him = John Mayberry . Worst athlete ever to play in a professional sport

  4. chew1985 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Who needs Ellsbury, or Cano, or Sandy Koufax even?

    This move puts the Phillies in the 2014 World Series.

    It’s great having Ruben Amaro at the helm. I think of this as an early Christmas present.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Earlier in the day, AA said that he was working on a minor trade and here it is. Obviously Philadelphia fans know who Kratz is, so I take their word that he is a good person. As far as Lincoln is concerned, he pitched reasonably well for the Jays but the team has a surplus of relief pitchers.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Now that I am actually awake rather than sleepwalking, I have been able to read more about Kratz. He should be an upgrade over Thole. If either Kratz or Navarro can catch a knuckle ball, the Jays will be much improved behind the plate.

      The Jays still have a surplus of good relief pitchers. Delabar and Santos conceivably could be the major part of a package for a starting pitcher. Both of the pitchers I mentioned would perform very well in 8th and 9th inning situations.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Kratz is a huge catcher. So big that it takes too much time to stand up and throw baserunners out, but he’s pretty good at throwing guys out from his knees. He’s never caught a knuckleballer in Philly. Probably slightly below average defensively. Maybe his size will help (or hurt, really no idea) catching a knuckleball.

        He has lots of power. But isn’t really a platoon candidate. Last year he was anemic against lefties, but previously there was pretty much no difference in his R/L splits. I don’t have the stats to back it up, but he seems like a really streaky hitter. Will be locked in for four or five games, then look lost for a couple weeks. Occasionally he will hit balls so violently, that it’s shocking. Just not enough to ever be a full time player.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        It appears that you need soft hands and quick reflexes to catch a knuckleball. Hopefully, either Navarro or Kratz can catch Dickey. Both Navarro and Kratz probably play the position better than Thole.

    • bleedgreen - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      FWIW, Kratz has a HUGE slugging %. Kratz doesn’t hit singles. Its either a double, HR or a ground out.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        Thank you. I hope he can catch a knuckleball.

  6. ryanrockzzz - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    ‘Riggin for Wiggins’ ? ….oh wait wrong sport

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