Tigers replace Luis Exposito as Toledo's backup catcher, acquiring Manny Pina from Seattle
The Detroit Tigers changed up their catching depth in the minor leagues a bit, acquiring former Kansas City Royals backstop Manny Pina from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later.
Backup catcher Luis Exposito was released to make room on the roster at Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. Originally tweeted out by the Jackson Generals' account, the move was confirmed by changes to the transaction page and the Mud Hens’ roster page on the respective web sites.
Pina, 27, is a native of Venezuela, and started out in the Texas Rangers organization after signing as an amateur free agent in 2004. Traded to the Royals in 2009, Pina played four games with the team’s big-league club in 2011, and one in 2012.
He has three career hits — two of them doubles — in 16 at-bats at the MLB level, and has hit .249 in 615 minor-league games. Pina was hitting .279 with four doubles and two homers in 17 games at Double-A Jackson, after being demoted from Triple-A Tacoma after four games.