Phillies Acquire RH Lincoln from Toronto for Kratz

Amid the flurry of moves throughout the major leagues today, the Phillies got involved by acquiring Brad Lincoln from the Toronto Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and lefty Rob Rasmussen.

Lincoln, 28, had a 3.98 ERA in 22 appearances with the Jays last season. He doesn’t strike many guys out, averaging 7.1-per-nine in 2013, and struggled after being dealt to Toronto from Pittsburgh in 2012.

Kratz, a fan favorite in the Delaware Valley, posted 18 homer over the last two seasons with the Phillies, filling in as a starter at times when Carlos Ruiz was unavailable. He became expendable with today’s signing of backstop Wil Nieves.

Also involved in the deal is Rasmussen, who was brought over from the Dodgers for Michael Young.



  1. hk

    December 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This year’s Qualls / Durbin?

  2. Hogey's Role

    December 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Sounds like an overpay for a league average or less reliever…. Hopefully he can return to his half season performance with the pirates when he had a 2.73 era….

    I could understand Kratz but why Rasmussen unless we felt he would be plucked in the rule 5 draft… Maybe this gives us room to pick up arencibia now

  3. wbramh

    December 4, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I’m still scratching my head over the Nieves deal which I assumed was for a minor league contract. Perhaps the Kratz deal is unconnected. The club has 4 additional Kratz quality catchers trying to make the team from the minors. Maybe management actually likes one of them more than Kratz because Nieves doesn’t appear to be a trade-up. And Lincoln? When I heard the name I immediately thought “Abe” since Rube has been going older with each new acquisition. Lincoln had one good year with the Bucs and he did have 6 hits in15 at-bats (.400) in 2010. Maybe Rube picked him up for his bat.

    Oh never mind. I’m giving up on guessing the motives behind these moves but suspect it might be time to do create a suicide watch upstairs.

    • Josh Stein

      December 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Phillies Hans don’t kill themselves they let the different disorders brought around by our gm to knock them off

  4. c. schreiber

    December 4, 2013 at 1:22 am

    This is his answer to sleeping on Fister??

    • G7

      December 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

      3rd place talent in the division maybe, but JMJ is a really versatile player that can help them in many i’ve laid off RAJ in the past, but starting toward the dark side..

  5. Josh Stein

    December 4, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Will someone wake me if raj actually makes a move of any consequence

  6. schmenkman

    December 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Commenter Joecatz noted this morning that Lincoln was chosen 4th overall in the 2006 draft, ahead of Kershaw, Lincecum, and Sherzer. That and a buck will get you a Wawa coffee, but interesting anyway.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      December 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Sort of like Joe Savery being drafted ahead of Giancarlo Stanton and Jordan Zimmermann a year later.

  7. schmenkman

    December 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Ken Rosenthal today on the Fister deal:

    “One question in column: Why didn’t #Tigers get more for Fister? Some GMs weren’t even aware he was available.”

    • c. schreiber

      December 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Hmm, could that have been directed to Mini’s boyfriend, RAJ???? You bet your sweet bibbie it was!!

      • schmenkman

        December 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        Could *what* have been directed to RAJ? If you mean the question, why in the world would it be directed to RAJ in particular?

    • wbramh

      December 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I wondered that myself.
      I realize the Tigers are trying to clear still more salary to resign Scherzer before the end of his contract (and have money left over to play elsewhere) but sacrificing a viable #3 in the rotation seems like an extreme way to accomplish it.

    • c. schreiber

      December 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Boy are you a RAJ defender!!! And I quote from YOUR 1:57 posting “Some GMs weren’t even aware he was available” He’s one of the sleeping GMs. If your needing a starter which the P”s are (actually need 2) an awake GM would be aware of LIster. back in early November there was a story about the Tigers needing to cut salary so they could insure $$ for Verlander. Cutting salary means unloading players..Did he check into who might be available? Apparently not!! He was probably too busy working on Mini’s contract and his Xmas gifts. LOL

      • Double Trouble Del

        December 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

        Did it ever occur to you that the Tigers found nothing of interest in the Phillies farm system?

      • schmenkman

        December 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm

        No, c.s. — the point is that Detroit apparently didn’t let it be known that they were ready to deal.

        From Keith Law:

        “I’ve spoken to numerous team executives who were shocked at the return for Fister and wish they had been given the opportunity to offer more or to try to assemble a multi-team deal that would give the Tigers the specific pieces they wanted. One contending team’s GM, known to be looking for another starter, told me he hadn’t talked to the Tigers about Fister in weeks. Another exec with a contender indicated something similar.”

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