The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed catcher Ramon Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Cabrera was traded by the Pirates to the Tigers prior to the 2013 season, in exchange for Andy Oliver.¬†Cabrera has spent most of his time in Double-A with the Tigers since the trade. He had a .780 OPS last year, and has a .687 OPS this year, with a drop in his OBP. He hasn’t hit for much power in his career, but does show a good ability to make contact, along with a good ability to get on base. He doesn’t have the best defense, making him an offense-first guy, with the upside of a depth option for the majors, or maybe a poor defensive backup. Cabrera was ranked 27th overall in Detroit’s system by Baseball America heading into the season.

The Pirates haven’t officially announced the move yet. They will have to make room on the 40-man roster before they add Cabrera.

The irony here is that Cabrera was removed from the 40-man roster by Detroit to make room for tonight’s starter against the Pirates, Buck Farmer.

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    • Hey, who knows, this might be the team’s biggest move this season. While other contenders trade for front line talent, e.g., Lester, Price, Lackey, Peavy, Samardja, etc., we spend our energy grabbing minor leaguers that we previously traded away.

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          • No,actually it took me long enough to first read that comment of your’s and 2 seconds to type my reply. If I would have seen it the day you posted it would have taken the same amount of response time.

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  1. Trade him back to the Tigers maybe after they get past their pitching crunch…professional courtesy from a team in the other league for future dealings.

  2. Neal’s moves at the fringes of the 40-man roster have been a long, drawn-out puzzle:

    Designate Irwin, claim Wall. Designate Wall, claim Sanchez.

    Claim Obispo. Designate Obispo, claim Cabrera.

    Claim Anna. No wait, designate Anna, claim Field.

    Seriously, do any of these guys stick past November 30?

  3. reporting to AA; what are they going to do with Diaz and Sanchez, if anything? Is Cabrera a MILB free agent after this season?

    Makes sense for next season I guess; Sanchez is a backup (hopefully) in the big leagues, Diaz to AAA, Cabrera at AA, McGuire at A+, De Jhang/Stallings at ??

  4. Decent pickup. But not sure what they’re going to do with all these catchers. Sanchez, Diaz, De Jhang, McGuire, Mathisen. Good problem to have I guess.

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