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MLB Rumors: Trade offers picking up for Tampa Bay Ray’s Jose Lobaton

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.

That may be coming to an end though as it appears trade talks are intensifying for Lobataon, this according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Topkin hears that the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Washington Nationals all have interest in the catcher.

Heard talks w/#Rays on Lobaton picking up. Teams w/interest or need include #Dbacks, #Indians, #Rockies, #WhiteSox, #Mets, #Nats.

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.

Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Jose Lobaton, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals

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