Tigers send Manny Pina to Brewers to complete K-Rod trade
The Tigers wrapped up their Winter Meetings dealings Thursday by completing a trade from last month. Detroit sent Triple-A catcher Manny Pina to Milwaukee as the player to be named later in the Francisco Rodriguez trade.
Pina joins second baseman Javier Betancourt in the return package for Rodriguez, acquired Nov. 18 to fill the Tigers’ void at closer. Detroit furthered its bullpen makeover here this week by signing setup man Mark Lowe and trading for left-hander Justin Wilson from the Yankees. In all, the Tigers acquired three late-inning relievers and gave up only one prospects in MLBPipeline’s Tigers top 10 rankings. That was sixth-ranked Luis Cessa, who was part of the Wilson trade.
Pina was not in the Tigers’ top 30 prospects. The 28-year-old Venezuelan, who made it to the big leagues with the Royals for five games in 2011 and 2012, spent this past season at Triple-A Toledo, backing up Bryan Holaday before getting more regular playing time near season’s end.
Pina batted .305 (78-for-256) with 19 doubles, seven home runs, 39 RBIs and an .840 OPS with the Mud Hens. He’s a career .256 with 50 home runs, 319 RBIs and a .700 OPS in 730 minor-league games.