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Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

Feb 2, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an injury, but could trade him to a team in need of a back-up towards the end of March.

Lobaton, 29, was quite productive for the Rays last season, posting a .714 OPS in 311 plate appearances. He isn’t nearly as capable defensively as Molina, but his bat made up for what he lacked in curtailing base-stealers and framing pitches. Lobaton was one of 19 catchers last season to take at least 300 trips to the plate and finish with an OPS of .700 or better.

  1. raysfan1 - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Not new, this was brought up when Hanigan was obtained.

    More importantly, the Super Bowl is over. It was a terrible game, as is often the case. Now we can all look forward to the Olympics and the start of Spring training.

  2. senators5 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    We DO NOT need an average to below average defensive catcher with our young core of pitchers. Get a good catch-no hit backstop before taking this guy.

  3. steve7921 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    “He isn’t nearly as capable defensively as Molina” – Puh-Lease….my grandmother is a better defensive catcher than Molina!!

  4. sclobernocker47 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Molina can’t throw folks out like he used to (not saying much), but he calls a great game and frames pitches with the best of em.

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