The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera. He was one of the players dropped from the 40-man roster on Thursday to make room for others that needed to be protected from the Rule V draft. Cabrera was picked up in August as a waiver claim from the Detroit Tigers and hit .239/.286/.413 in 12 games with Altoona. It was his second go around in the system. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 out of Venezuela, then was traded Tigers in 2012 for pitcher Andy Oliver. The 25-year-old Cabrera is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela. The Pirates recently signed catcher Sebastian Valle as a minor league free agent, so he should fill the void left by the departure of Cabrera.