KISSIMMEE, FL - The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Erik Kratz from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Dan Straily. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Kratz, 35, who was a non-roster invitee at Padres camp this Spring Training, has been added to the Astros 40-man roster. He spent the majority of his 2015 season at the Triple A level, combining to hit .256 (44x172) with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI in 51 games. Kratz also appeared in 16 games for the Royals and Phillies last season and has played in parts of six Major League seasons, appearing in 192 career games.
Straily, 27, appeared in five games this spring for the Astros, posting a 6.00 ERA (8ER/12IP). He spent the majority of his 2015 campaign at Triple A Fresno, posting a 10-9 record and a 4.77 ERA (65ER/122.2IP) in 22 starts.
With the addition of Kratz and the removal of Straily, the Astros 40-man roster remains at 39. The club's Spring Training roster remains at 32 players.