Pirates Acquire RHP Guilmet, Designate OF Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet (per Pirates.com) from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. To clear room on the team’s 40-Man Roster, 2014 Indians outfielder Jose Tabata has been designated for assignment.

*UPDATE (10/9)* The Pirates announced Tabata cleared waivers and has been ourighted to Triple-A*

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Guilmet, 27, went 4-2 with 10 saves in 14 opportunities, a 3.91 ERA (21 ER/48.1 IP) and 54 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances with Triple-A Norfolk in 2014. The former ninth-round selection from the 2009 MLB Draft (CLE) impressed during his most recent IL stint, holding opponents scoreless in 27 of his 40 outings, and to one run or fewer in all but six of his appearances with the Tides.

In addition, he also reached the Major League level with the Orioles in 2014, tossing 10 1/3 innings with six runs and 12 strikeouts prior to his designation on Sept. 27.

The Roseville, Calif. native debuted in the starting rotation with Short-Season Mahoning Valley during the 2009 season before pitching exclusively in relief beginning in 2010. Guilmet earned selections as both a Mid and Postseason All-Star for Hi-A Kinston after racking up the most saves (35 in 36 SVO), games finished (48), total appearances (52), walks/9.0 ratio (1.54) and baserunners/9.0 ratio (8.33) of all relievers in the Carolina League in 2011, and he received a second consecutive Midseason All-Star nod when he concluded the 2012 campaign ranked first in the Eastern League with 39 games finished and tied for second with 24 saves out of Akron’s bullpen.

Guilmet then burst onto the Triple-A scene with Columbus in 2013 by ranking first among all International League relievers in fewest walks-per-9 innings (1.68) and baserunners-per-9 innings ratios (7.97), third in saves (20) and fourth in games finished (34). The then-IL rookie also received the ball with two outs in the ninth at the 2013 Triple-A All-Star game, and picked up a save against the Pacific Coast League in relief of former Indians closer Vic Black.

Guilmet enters the 2015 season boasting a career 2.76 ERA (106 ER/346.0 IP) with 378 strikeouts in 236 minor league games (15 starts), including registering a 2.64 mark (33 ER/112.2 IP) with 126 strikeouts in 89 relief appearances while pitching in the International League from 2013-14.

He has recorded a 5.23 ERA (12 ER/15.2 IP) with 13 strikeouts in 14 career Major League appearances with Cleveland and Baltimore.|

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Guilmet’s counterpart in the recent acquisition, Tabata, was previously designated for assignment by the Pirates in mid-June and outrighted to the Tribe on June 26. The 26-year-old Tabata batted just .190 through action on July 24 with the Indians, but rebounded to hit safely in 17 of his final 22 games with 12 multi-knock efforts and a .349 clip as of Aug. 23.

Tabata’s roster status is set for resolution by Oct. 12.

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