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.
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.