Phillies, Bucs exchange backup catchers

December 11, 2008 11:12:48 AM PST
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired catcher Ronny Paulino from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor-league catcher Jason Jaramillo. Paulino hit .212 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 40 games for the Pirates. He threw out 26 percent (8-of-31) of base stealers.

Jaramillo batted .266 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A former second round-selection by the Phillies in the 2004 draft, Jaramillo's path to the majors was blocked by Carlos Ruiz and Lou Marson.

The 27-year-old Paulino is a .278 lifetime hitter with 19 homers and 128 RBIs in 304 games.