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.