Found December 06, 2012 on
The Majors Detroit:
As the Winter Meetings came to close the Tigers made a relatively low-key move Wednesday night sending LHP Andy Oliver (a once coveted pitching prospect) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league catcher Ramon Cabrera.
The 23-year-old switching hitting Cabrera batted .276 in 2012, with three home runs, 50 RBIs, and 22 doubles in 112 games and offers some catching depth after losing Rob Brantly in a trade with the Marlins last season.
“We think he’s a prospect who will give us more catching depth,” said Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager. “He’s solid, offensively.”
Meanwhile the 25-year-old Oliver, a former second round pick in for the Tigers in 2009 battled control issues while with the Tigers. In 2010 Oliver started five games for Detroit while accumulating a 7.36 ERA with zero wins.
h/t: Detroit News
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LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 3, 1987
Drafted: 2nd round, 58th overall, 2009 (Tigers)
How Acquired: Trade from Tigers (for Ramon Cabrera)
College: Oklahoma State University
Agent: Scott Boras
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Oliver ran into controversy before he turned pro. He was drafted...