SAN DIEGO, March 28 (UPI) -- Two teams swapped pieces in areas of need Monday.
"The exchange benefits both teams. San Diego likely was about to lose Kratz, a veteran who signed a minor league deal over the offseason," reported Dennis Lin, of the San Diego Union Tribune. "Houston likely was about to lose Straily, who is out of minor league options."
In 2015, Straily was 10-9, with a 4.77 ERA for Triple-A Fresno. He is expected to open the season in the bullpen for the Padres. Straily, 27, pitched in four games for the Astros last season.
#Astros announce they acquired catcher Erik Kratz from the Padres for RHP Dan Straily. Veteran will back up Castro.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) March 29, 2016
Kratz, 35, hit .231, with a home run in the Cactus League for the Padres. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Kratz in the 29th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut at 30-years-old on July 17, 2010. Kratz has a .212 batting average, with 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 560 career plate appearances.
Source: Dan Straily heading to Padres in a deal that involves catcher.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 28, 2016
The Oakland Athletics selected Straily in the 24th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 2012. Straily has a 4.60 career ERA and a 13-13 career record.