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Giants trade struggling catcher Erik Kratz to Rays days after DFA

Erik Kratz is no longer in the Giants organization.

Three days after San Francisco designated the veteran catcher for assignment, the Giants traded the 38-year-old to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin first reported the news Thursday, and the Giants announced the news shortly thereafter.

OFFICIAL: Catcher Erik Kratz (and cash considerations) has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. #SFGiants

— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 16, 2019

The Giants traded for Kratz in late March, wanting a veteran backup for Buster Posey while Stephen Vogt recovered from shoulder surgery.