The Detroit Tigers acquired second baseman Jeff Kobernus and left handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein on Thursday as part of the Rule 5 Draft, according to the Tigers' Brian Britten. In exchange for the two players, the Tigers sent minor league utility player Justin Henry to the Red Sox (for Kobernus) and cash considerations to the Mets (for Lobstein).
Kobernus played last year in Double A Harrisburg, where he hit .282 with one home run and 19 RBIs in 82 games, while also stealing 42 bases. Lobstein pitched last year in Double A Montgomery, where he went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA over 144 innings. He struck out over eight batters per nine innings, but also walked over four batters per nine innings.
Rule 5 draftees must be kept on their drafting team's 25 man major league roster the season after they were selected, and cannot be optioned or designated for assignment. However, they can be waived or traded to another team.