Originally signed by the Pirates in 2008 as an amateur free agent, Ramon Cabrera was traded to the Tigers for Andy Oliver in 2012. Two years later, the Pirates selected him off waivers from the Tigers, but then released him following the season. He had not yet appeared in a major league game. The Reds signed Cabrera as a free agent in December, 2014, and he made his debut in the ninth inning on September 5 against the Brewers. He collected 11 hits in 30 at-bats, good for a .367 average. His first career home came on September 11 against John Lackey.