Rays Acquire Marc Krauss
The Rays have acquired first baseman Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor-league reliever Kyle Winkler.
Krauss is essentially Allan Dykstra’s slightly younger brother, right down to the gaudy minor-league stats and limited big-league projection. He’s a lumbering left-handed hitter with a patient approach and a substandard hit tool that limits the usability of his impressive raw power. Like Dykstra, Krauss doesn’t have the athleticism to play a passable outfield, nor much of a chance against same-handed pitchers, making him an awkward fit on a roster with a bloated bullpen. Krauss will be around only until James Loney/John Jaso returns, at which point he’ll head to Japan, Durham, or some other Triple-A affiliate.
In a corresponding move, the Rays optioned second baseman Nick Franklin to Durham.