Tigers acquire Ronny Paulino from O’s for cash

The Baltimore Orioles tweeted on Monday that they’ve assigned catcher Ronny Paulino to the Toledo Mud Hens, essentially selling his rights to the Tigers organization.

Paulino went on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk a week ago. The Tides activated him and promptly assigned his contract to the Hens. Convenient, Norfolk is in Toledo to face the Mud Hens tonight.

By adding Paulino, the Tigers regain some catching depth in Toledo after Bryan Holaday’s promotion to Detroit while Alex Avila is on the concussion DL. The Hens have minor-league journeyman Brad Davis, who’s batting .197 on the year, and called up John Murrian from Class A Lakeland as a temporary fill-in.

UPDATE: John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports on his Coop Scoop blog that Davis plans to retire after Wednesday’s game and return home to California.

The Tigers have Futures Game catcher James McCann at Double-A Erie but would like to keep him there to finish out. He hit just .205 in July to cool off from his hot first couple months with the SeaWolves. Erie also has Ramon Cabrera, but he has spent more games in the Tigers system this year as a DH than a catcher.

Paulino was once the catcher of the future in Pittsburgh, but that was a long time and several stops ago. He spent Spring Training competing for a job in Seattle before being released at the end of camp, then signed with the O’s in May. He went 7-for-24 at Double-A Bowie in July, then was promoted to Norfolk, where he went 4-for-23 in eight games — as the designated hitter.

3 Comments

Should we be worried about Avilia with this transaction? Catcher was a position of depth for the Tigers, but sounds like it is not in the near future. Paulino looked good for a while in Pittsburgh then faded.

I’d say we should be very worried about Avila. Even if he returns, he’ll still be taking those blows.

I agree Rich…can’t continue to keep getting plunked by balls…concussions will return.

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