Catcher Erik Kratz has elected to become a free agent rather than accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues, the Yankees announced today.

The move comes as no surprise since Kratz was added simply as a depth option once Kyle Higashioka was ruled out for the season. Kratz served as the third catcher on the roster once they expanded to 40 for the month of September. He finished with a 1.000/1.000/1.500 line after going 2-for-2 in four games with the Yankees. He also drove in two runs.

Kratz debuted with the Pirates in 2010, and has bounced around between a myriad of different teams since then. He has a career .203/.250/.366 line through 228 MLB games.

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