Orioles trade Michael Ohlman to Cardinals, Steve Lombardozzi to Pirates

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The Orioles announced a pair of trades for cash considerations Tuesday.

The Orioles made a pair of minor trades Tuesday, sending infielder Steve Lombardozzi to the Pittsburgh Pirates and catcher Michael Ohlman to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations.

Lombardozzi, 26, was acquired by the Orioles from the Detroit Tigers for veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez last March. He batted .288 with two RBIs in 20 games in the major leagues and hit .270 with 30 RBIs in 78 games for Triple-A Norfolk during the 2014 season.

The Orioles outrighted Lombardozzi, a Howard County native and Atholton High graduate, to Norfolk on Dec. 8, removing him from the 40-man roster during baseball's winter meetings.

Lombardozzi's stock in the organization fell dramatically over the course of the season. Despite being on the 40-man roster, he wasn't promoted to the major leagues when rosters expanded in September and wasn't even among a group of players who worked out in Sarasota, Fla., after the minor league season ended in case there was a need.

Ohlman, 24, was designated for assignment Jan. 27 to clear room on the 40-man roster when the Orioles acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2013, Ohlman was named the Carolina League Player of the Year after he batted .313 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 100 games for High-A Frederick. After his breakthrough performance, Baseball America listed Ohlman as the No. 9 prospect in the Orioles organization heading into the 2014 season.

Ohlman, who was selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2009 draft, was added to the organization's 40-man roster following the 2013 season. But he struggled in his only season at Double-A Bowie, hitting just .236 with only two home runs and 33 RBIs in 113 games for the Baysox.

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