Pirates Trade Paulino

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have acquired catcher Jason Jaramillo from Philadelphia in exchange for catcher Ronny Paulino. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Jaramillo hit .266 (112-for-421) with 20 doubles, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 48 runs scored in 115 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2008. Jaramillo, who entered the season tabbed by Baseball America as Philadelphia's 10th-best prospect, also took home International League mid-season All-Star honors in 2008 while leading all catchers with 113 games played.

"We like the way he catches and the way he throws," Huntington said. "And we think there's some upside with the bat."

Jaramillo, who has two minor-league options left, was placed on the 40-man roster. He will compete during spring training with Robinzon Diaz for the Pirates' backup job.

The 26-year-old switch-hitting Jaramillo was originally selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He took home South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star honors in his second season of professional ball in 2005 after hitting .304 (136-for-448) with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 63 RBI in 119 games with Single-A Lakewood.

In 2006 Jaramillo hit a combined .247 (81-for-328) with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Scranton. Following the season, he participated in the Arizona Fall League and was named to the All-Prospect Team after leading all catchers with a .379 average.

Jaramillo was named to the International League mid-season All-Star team after hitting .271 (118-for-435) in 2007 with Triple-A Ottawa. Following the 2007 season, he was a member of the USA World Cup Team which won the gold medal in Taiwan.

Paulino, 27, was in the doghouse with Pirates management this past season after Ryan Doumit beat him out for starting duty, batting .212, failing to maintain a weight that would allow consistent defense and, ultimately, getting demoted to Class AAA Indianapolis in early June..

"It was probably better for Ronny to go somewhere else and get a better opportunity," Huntington said. "When Jaramillo's name came up, it was a good fit for us."

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