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Rays designate Erik Kratz for assignment

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Erik Kratz #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays chases a wild pitch during the third inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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Rays catcher Mike Zunino went on the injured list last month so, in need of catching depth, Tampa Bay acquired catcher Erik Kratz from the Giants in exchange for a player to be named later. Today the Rays activated Zunino so they designated Kratz for assignment.

They should send him back to the Giants as the player named later, right? Let us have some fun, OK?

Kratz, who turns 39 in two weeks, only played in six games for the Rays, making 17 plate appearances and getting one hit. So, um, no, losing him will not be a big deal. And to be honest, the hope that the Giants might take him back as his own Player to be Named Later is thus a super long shot. Still, he can catch, so maybe someone will consider it. It’s hard to catch.

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