The Phillies announced the signing of catcher Erik Kratz late yesterday. Kratz, 30, from Telford, PA, was a 2002 draft pick of the Toronto BlueJays and spent the last two seasons in the Pirates organization at AAA Indianapolis. Kratz made his major league debut last season for the Pirates, seeing action in 9 games. For Indianapolis last season Kratz hit .274/.380/.496 with 9HR and 41 RBI and threw out 21% of baserunners attempting to steal on him. In his minor league career, he has thrown out 31% of baserunners. Kratz should be an upgrade over Paul Hoover who struggled last season for Lehigh Valley.
The Phils also signed Tigers pitcher Eddie Bonine, to a minor league deal yesterday. The 29 year old righty was 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 games with the Tigers last season throwing 68 innings. He walked 22, struck out 26 and had a WHIP that stood at 1.55. Mostly a starter (and an effective one)throughout his minor league career, last season was the first full season Bonine spent in the majors, almost all of it out of the ‘pen.