Oct 7, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton (right) high fives third base coach Tom Foley (middle) after hitting the game-winning solo home run off of Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) in game three of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Many believed the Tampa Bay Rays would trade catcher Jose Lobaton earlier this offseason, but the backstop remained on the Rays roster.
The Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason and also re-signed Jose Molina, so there’s no reason to keep three backstops on the roster.
The 29-year-old catcher isn’t what you’d call a good hitter, but he’s not exactly awful either given what we expect from catchers. He’s certainly adequate enough to be a backup/rotational player though, especially for a desperate team.
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