Posted February 13, 2014

Nationals acquire catcher Jose Lobaton from Rays

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The Nationals added depth at catcher by acquiring Jose Lobaton from the Rays. (Tom DiPace/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals were looking for a backup for talented but injury-prone catcher Wilson Ramos heading into spring training. The team addressed that need Thursday by acquiring catcher Jose Lobaton and two prospects from the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Nathan Karns.

Ramos has played more than 80 games only once in his four-year major league career. But when he has played, he’s been valuable. In 2013, he slugged 16 home runs in 287 at-bats and posted a .777 OPS. Lobaton hit .249 in 277 at-bats for the Rays.

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In 23 starts in Double-A in 2013, Karns went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 132.2 innings.


5 comments
JoshJ
JoshJ

Now you got me stressing out

On the phone.
But it's the last time, I'm movin' on,
I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

I'm throwing on my Lobatons

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Who? Another reason why the Nationals will be disappointments once again.

Veejh
Veejh

Nats won this trade. Karns was expendable and getting a bit old for the minors as a pitcher and we got back 2 extra young prospects.