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Pirates release Ramon Cabrera

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The Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera, who they designated for assignment on Thursday.

So, to review: In December 2012, the Pirates traded Cabrera to the Tigers for Andy Oliver. In August 2014, they claimed him from Detroit. Last week, they designated him for assignment. Today, they released him. So much noise, so little signal.

Cabrera looked like a prospect while winning the Florida State League batting title in 2011, but perhaps not a great one, due to his size. He took a step back at Double-A for the Pirates in 2012, but hit well at that level for the Tigers in 2013. He didn't hit much at Triple-A that season, however, and the Tigers just sent him back to Double-A in 2014, not a great sign for his status as a prospect. Now he's 25. He'll surely catch on somewhere, perhaps as a backup at the Triple-A level. Given his track record as a hitter, giving him an extended shot at Triple-A as a starter wouldn't be the worst idea for someone. Tony Sanchez figures to take up plenty of playing time at catcher in Indianapolis next year, though, so Cabrera likely wouldn't have gotten that opportunity with the Pirates.