The Rays have acquired catcher Curt Casali from the Detroit Tigers in a trade. Casali, a 10th round pick in the 2011 draft, split the 2012 season between single-A and high-A where he hit .270 with a .365 OBP, 9 home runs, and a solide 46-to-38 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Casali was traded to the Rays in exchange for allowing the Tigers to keep Rule 5 draftee Kyle Lobstein. The left-handed pitcher was selected by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Tigers. Lobstein was unlikely to make the Tigers roster, which means they would have been required to offer Lobstein back to the Rays. Instead, the Rays accepted Casali as compensation.