Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire RHP Arquimedes Caminero


As reported by multiple outlets such as CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed reliever Arquimedes Caminero for an undisclosed amount of cash from the Miami Marlins.

Caminero was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Jan. 29 in order to make room on their 40-man roster after the signing of Ichiro Suzuki on Jan. 27.  The Pirates have extra room on the 40-man roster after the Travis Snider trade, so no corresponding move is expected for the Pirates.

Arquimedes Caminero, a 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, has two years service time in the majors with Miami, but has only accumulated 19.2 innings of work over the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  He’s amassed a 5.49 ERA over that span.  It is worth noting that Caminero has no further options to the minor leagues available.

Despite pitching with Miami in 2013, Caminero started the 2014 season in Triple-A, with the Marlins New Orleans affiliate where he went 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA over 63 innings.  He allowed 70 hits (seven home runs), and struck out 79 batters while walking 30.  Opposing hitters accumulated a .276 average against the RHP.

Caminero has a fastball that can flirt with triple digits on the gun, and was a top-20 prospect when he signed with the Marlins in 2005.