MLB Rumors: Rays, Nationals have talked Jose Lobaton trade for month

Oct 7, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after he hit a walk off home run during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox of game three of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday afternoon, reports began to leak suggesting that the Tampa Bay Rays were getting more and more trade offers for catcher Jose Lobaton.

One of the rumored teams to be interested were the Washington Nationals and according to Bill Ladson, the Rays and Nationals have been discussing a trade for Lobaton for around a month.

MLB.com has learned that the Nats are interested in Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton, and the two clubs have been talking for a least a month. However, the teams can’t agree on the players the Rays would receive in the deal, although it’s known that Tampa Bay would like to replenish its farm system.

While it’s expected that the Rays will eventually move Lobaton considering they have no room on their roster for him, they apparently aren’t in any hurry. Multiple teams have expressed interest in the 29-year-old backstop and it’s been said the Rays may wait until closer to Opening Day to move Lobaton in hopes of starting a bidding war.

Topics: Jose Lobaton, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals

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