JUPITER, Fla. -- The Tigers on Monday outrighted left-hander Kyle Lobstein to Double-A Erie, and traded catcher Curt Casali to Tampa Bay to retain the rights to Lobstein.
Lobstein, was selected by the Mets from the Rays in the Rule 5 Draft last year, before he was traded to the Tigers in exchange for cash considerations following the Draft.
"We liked him," president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "It was apparent he wasn't going to make our club over the last few days, but we like what we've seen. We have a tough club to make, based on what we're trying to accomplish at this point, for a young guy."
The lefty has given up 12 runs (10 earned) in 12 innings for the Tigers this spring (seven appearances). He went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 27 starts last year with Double-A Montgomery in the Tampa Bay organization.
"He knows how to pitch," Dombrowski said. "He's got an average fastball. He can spot his fastball and he's got some movement on it. He knows how to change speeds. His breaking ball, which we know that he has, hasn't been consistent for us. But our staff likes his breaking ball. He probably needs a little more development time, is what he needs."
Casali hit .288 with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 48 games with Class A West Michigan last year, and .250 with 13 doubles, a homer and 18 RBIs in 46 games with High-A Lakeland.