Sep 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins (17) lies at home plate after being tagged out by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton (59) in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rays could trade Jose Lobaton


The Rays’ catching depth has provided them an expendable piece.

After trading to acquire Ryan Hanigan from the Reds, who is signed through 2016, and extending veteran Jose Molina through 2015, Jose Lobaton has been placed on the trading block. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says that Lobaton could also be brought into Spring Training in the event that Hanigan or Molina have issues. He could still be traded closer to the start of the season.

Splitting time with Molina last season, the 29-year old backstop hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs in 100 games. Doug Mittler of ESPN.com suggests that Lobaton could be a good pickup for the San Diego Padres as insurance for the injured Yasmani Grandal.

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  • George from Tarpon

    i am not ready to put this guy on the plane—unless we have to. hes the perfect platoon partner with hanigan, especially with the advancing years of Molina.

  • Zippy_TMS

    The Padres would have been asking before the Torres/Forsythe trade if they thought they needed insurance for Grandal. Grandal might be ready for opening day, and even if he isn’t, Nick Hundley and Rene Rivera will be capable backups for the time being. By the end of the season, I expect to see Grandal getting most of the starts and Hundley taking some starts against LHPs. We might even see Austin Hedges get a cup of coffee this year. Unless Grandal takes a turn for the worse, I don’t see the Padres trading away much for another backup.