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

MLB Rumors: Nationals, Rays in serious trade talks for Jose Lobaton

The Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly been talking about a Jose Lobaton trade for a month, but it appears the two sides are getting near a deal – this according to Marc Topkin.

Lobaton is no longer needed on the Rays after the team acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds earlier this season. That lead to the Rays putting the 29-year-old backstop on the trade block where multiple teams inquired about his services. However, it’s the Nats taking the most serious approach and could be close to sending pitcher Nate Karns to Tampa Bay to complete the deal.

Hearing #Rays and #Nats talking again about Lobaton trade, with RHP Nate Karns the potential return. Could involve others too.

Topkin, a 26-year-old, had a solid season at Double-A Harrisburg last season, posting a 3.26 ERA in 132 innings. He also struck out 155 in that stretch, though, wasn’t exactly dominating despite the high strikeout total.

A solid early inning reliever for a backup catcher seems like a good trade for both squads though.

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