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Aug 31, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton (59) prepares in the dugout before a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays trade Jose Lobaton to Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals have their man.

After a month of negotiations, the Tampa Bay Rays traded catcher Jose Lobaton and two minor league players to the Nationals in exchange for minor league pitcher, Nate Karns.

BREAKING: #Rays have traded Lobaton, and 2 others (likely minor leaguers), to #Nats for RHP Nate Karns.

Lobaton, 29, was no longer needed by the Rays who had acquired Ryan Hanigan in the offseason from the Cincinnati Reds and also have Jose Molina on the roster.

As for Karns, the 26-year-old pitcher is a bit of a late bloomer, though, had a very fine season in Double-A last season. He should eventually make his way to the big league roster in the next season or two and provide solid insurance in the Tampa Bay bullpen. He could even see some time this year as he’s expected to begin the season in Triple-A Durham.

Meanwhile, Lobaton will serve as the Nationals backup catcher behind Wilson Ramos, though figures to still get an ample amount of playing time as Washington attempts to keep Ramos healthy.

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