Erik Kratz traded for Brad Lincoln: Let's all watch the turkey bacon commercial one last time

Erik Kratz traded for Brad Lincoln: Let's all watch the turkey bacon commercial one last time

"Hey, you're Erik Kratz, the catcher for Philadelphia, right?" the cartoon turkey wearing a pig's costume innocently asks.

In the fun and exciting world of television commercials, Erik Kratz still answers that question affirmatively. But we're not W.B. Mason and we don't live in jingles.

After Tuesday's wild day in Major League Baseball, the spokesman for Godshall's Quality Meats was traded by the Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays.

I don't even like Canadian bacon but it has to be better than turkey bacon, right?

Kratz was sent along with minor-league reliever Rob Rasmussen to the Blue Jays in exchange for relief pitcher Brad Lincoln. Here's what CSN's Jim Salisbury says about the newest Phillie:

Lincoln, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the fourth overall pick (by Pittsburgh) in the 2006 draft. He was traded to Toronto in July 2012 and split the 2013 season between Triple A and the majors. He had a 2.05 ERA in 26 1/3 innings in Triple A. He had a 3.98 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with the big club and walked 22 batters while striking out 25.

Lincoln’s best run in the majors came in the first half of 2012 when he had 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings with the Pirates. He struck out 60 and walked 14 over that span.

More on the trade and the report that the Phils plan to replace Kratz with veteran Wil Nieves here. Seems like a decent low risk move with solid potential upside.

While turkey bacon may be his legacy off the field in Philadelphia, Kratz had some memorable moments in his two seasons in Philadelphia.

I'll never forget the day he and Freddy Galvis went back-to-back jacks to walk off winners over the Cincinnati Reds this past summer.

[RELATED: Erik Kratz's Huge Collision at home in photos, video and GIF]

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Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

A day after flip-flopping on whether or not he planned to stand or sit during the national anthem, Myke Tavarres had nothing to say about this complex issue.

Tavarres, a rookie undrafted linebacker with the Eagles, told ESPN on Monday he planned to emulate 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sit during the playing of the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets at the Linc.

Tavarres said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice with the demonstration.

"We’ve got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up,” Tavarres told ESPN.

But within a couple hours, Tavarres had changed his mind.

“Myke plans on standing for the national anthem,” his agent said in a statement. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, spoke for 18½ minutes about his decision to sit during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Tavarres said at his locker after practice Tuesday he had nothing more to say.

“I made a statement through my agent last night,” he said. “If you have any other questions, please talk to him.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said he did not talk individually to Tavarres, a fringe prospect who is unlikely to survive this weekend’s roster cuts.

But he did discuss the broader issue in a meeting with the full team and said he believes his players should stand during the anthem.

“Listen, I can appreciate everybody's opinions and I respect everybody's opinions,” Pederson said.

“But at the same time, I feel that [the national anthem] is important and it's obviously out of respect for the men and women of our country that sacrifice in order for us to coach and play this great game.

“So I get it. I understand it. But at the same time, I encourage everybody to stand.”