The Philadelphia Phillies had finally decided to make a trade. It wasn’t the big move that everyone was hoping they would make, but it could have impact once the season starts. The Phillies traded catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitcher Brad Lincoln. Was this a good move?
In my opinion, this could be risky. Kratz is a strong backup catcher and a good pinch-hitter. Starting catcher Carlos Ruiz missed time this year with a suspension and a foot injury. Who says he won’t get injured again? The team signed Will Nieves as their backup, but he does not have much experience in the major leagues. Kratz has the experience and knew the Phillies’ pitchers.
Kratz played in 68 games this past season. He had an average of .213. That may seem low, but he didn’t get the chance to see the ball as much as everyone else. Kratz did have 26 RBIs and nine home runs. The Phillies had a hard time providing offense this season, and Kratz found a way to help the team. They could count on him. Now that option is gone.
Lincoln is just an average pitcher who has flipped flopped back and forth from the majors and minors. This past season, he had an ERA of 3.98, which is high. He only pitched about 32 innings and gave up 14 earned runs. Lincoln also gave up 22 walks, which to me seem like a lot in that amount of innings. I believe that the Phillies could have given up someone else for Lincoln instead of a strong backup catcher, or could have gotten a better arm.
Kratz is going to be missed as he became a fan favorite, especially with his turkey bacon commercial. Hopefully, Lincoln can prove himself to the fans and improve as he is only 28-years-old.