The Angels have agreed with catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). He had been released by the Astros after opening the season in Houston.
Over his seven years in the majors, the 35-year-old Kratz owns a .210/.261/.381 batting line in 590 plate appearances. He’s also hit 23 long balls in that span, with a .171 ISO, so there’s certainly some pop in the bat when he connects.
But Kratz struggled to get going in his 15 games this year with the Astros, who picked him up from the Padres late this spring. He ultimately recorded just two hits and a walk, while picking up 14 strikeouts, over his thirty turns at the plate.
Kratz will look to bolster his case for another MLB opportunity by joining the Angels organization and, presumably, heading to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Halos were in need of catching depth with Jett Bandy coming up to replace Geovany Soto, who is on the 15-day DL.