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San Diego Padres trade Erik Kratz to Houston Astros for Dan Straily

By Alex Butler   |   March 28, 2016 at 11:47 PM
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SAN DIEGO, March 28 (UPI) -- Two teams swapped pieces in areas of need Monday.

The San Diego Padres moved catcher Erik Kratz to the Houston Astros Monday for right-handed pitcher Dan Straily, according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz, of the Houston Chronicle.

"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.

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.

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.

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