Jose Lobaton C WAS 3 days ago

Lobaton went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI against the Cardinals on Friday.

He's hitting just .207.281/.345 this spring in 29 at-bats, but Lobaton is locked is as the Nationals' number two catcher, a role that has more playing time potential than most backup gigs given Wilson Ramos' inability to stay healthy.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 2 months ago

Lobaton agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Nationals on Thursday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Lobaton had a good decent season for the Nationals in 2014, playing in 66 games as the backup to Wilson Ramos. He finished the campaign with a .234/.287/.304 batting line, hitting two home runs and driving in 12 on the season. He figures to fit into the same role again in 2015.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 4 months ago

Lobaton was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The Nationals like his defense and game-calling behind the plate, so Lobaton will return as an affordable backup to Wilson Ramos.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 7 months ago

Lobaton got the start on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

With Wilson Ramos healthy, Lobaton is only seeing occasional game action right now. Don't expect that to change down the stretch unless Ramos breaks down again.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 11 months ago

Jose Lobaton (shin) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Lobaton missed back-to-back starts with a bruised shin, but it was never a major concern. He'll bat eighth Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 11 months ago

Jose Lobaton (shin) is out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday.

Lobaton was hit in the shin by a pitch during Saturday's game and is dealing with some soreness. He's available if needed Monday, but the Nationals would likely prefer resting him for another day.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 1 year ago

Nationals acquired C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero, and OF Drew Vettleson from the Rays for RHP Nate Karns.

The Rays and Nats worked on this trade for over a month and finally found a four-player match on Thursday. Lobaton, 29, hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He became expendable when the Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan and will likely serve as Washington's backup catcher in 2014.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 1 year ago

Jose Lobaton has been traded to the Nationals.

The Rays are also sending two minor leaguers to Washington in the deal and getting 26-year-old right-hander Nate Karns in return. Lobaton, 29, batted .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He will serve as a semi-active backup to Nationals starting catcher Wilson Ramos.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 1 year ago

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays and Nationals are again having serious discussions about a trade involving catcher Jose Lobaton.

Jose Lobaton C WAS 1 year ago

The Rays and Nationals have been discussing a trade for Jose Lobaton "for at least a month," MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports.

The Nationals were one of the teams listed as suitors for the backup catcher by the Tampa Bay Times, and their interest seems to be both legitimate and sustained. Wilson Ramos is the Nats' everyday catcher, but he missed time due to hamstring issues last season and the team has little in the way of a suitable backup after the departure of Kurt Suzuki. Lobaton hit .249 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games with the Rays in 2013.