The Yankees have brought back Erik Kratz and signed him to a minor-league deal, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday morning.
Kratz, a 39-year-old catcher who previously had stints with the Yankees and their Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre between 2017 and 2019, returns to a team that is in need of potential catching down the line.
With Austin Romine signing with the Detroit Tigers this offseason, that left Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka as the only two catchers left on their roster.
Erik Kratz agrees to minors deal with Yankees
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 20, 2019
Wouldn’t be surprised if NYY tries to bring in another veteran on a minor league deal besides Kratz. Sanchez has been injury prone and Higashioka has limited experience. This is not an area of depth strength at the upper levels for the #Yankees.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 20, 2019