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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 206
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Jose Lobaton is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets.
Lobaton usually catches Gio Gonzalez, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants his best lineup against Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon. Wilson Ramos will start behind the plate and bat seventh. May 23 - 4:38 PM

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Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3875 million contract.

Lobaton will continue to serve as a backup catcher to starter Wilson Ramos. The 31-year-old backstop hit just .199/.279/.294 with three homers and 20 RBI across 136 at-bats with the Nationals in 2015.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Lobaton was arbitration-eligible for the second time as a Super Two player. The 30-year-old will again back up Wilson Ramos in 2015 after batting .234/.287/.304 with two homers last season.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (shin) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Lobaton missed back-to-back starts with a bruised shin, but it was never a major concern. He'll bat eighth Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw.
Tue, May 6, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (shin) is out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday.

Lobaton was hit in the shin by a pitch during Saturday's game and is dealing with some soreness. He's available if needed Monday, but the Nationals would likely prefer resting him for another day.
Mon, May 5, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Nationals acquired C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero, and OF Drew Vettleson from the Rays for RHP Nate Karns.

The Rays and Nats worked on this trade for over a month and finally found a four-player match on Thursday. Lobaton, 29, hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He became expendable when the Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan and will likely serve as Washington's backup catcher in 2014.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Jose Lobaton has been traded to the Nationals.

The Rays are also sending two minor leaguers to Washington in the deal and getting 26-year-old right-hander Nate Karns in return. Lobaton, 29, batted .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He will serve as a semi-active backup to Nationals starting catcher Wilson Ramos.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:13:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays and Nationals are again having serious discussions about a trade involving catcher Jose Lobaton.

Topkin is hearing that 26-year-old right-hander Nate Karns, who posted a 3.26 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings last season at Double-A Harrisburg, could be involved in the return package for the Rays. The Nationals have been trying to acquire Lobaton for over a month to serve as the backup to starting catcher Wilson Ramos. Lobaton, 29, hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last summer for Tampa Bay.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 04:10:00 PM

The Rays and Nationals have been discussing a trade for Jose Lobaton "for at least a month,"'s Bill Ladson reports.

The Nationals were one of the teams listed as suitors for the backup catcher by the Tampa Bay Times, and their interest seems to be both legitimate and sustained. Wilson Ramos is the Nats' everyday catcher, but he missed time due to hamstring issues last season and the team has little in the way of a suitable backup after the departure of Kurt Suzuki. Lobaton hit .249 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games with the Rays in 2013.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 10:53:00 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, trade talks involving Jose Lobaton are "picking up."

The Rays re-signed Jose Molina over the winter and acquired Ryan Hanigan from the Reds, so the assumption is that Lobaton will be moved before the start of the season. Topkin writes that the Diamondbacks, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Mets, and Nationals are among the clubs who have interest or have a need behind the plate. The 29-year-old hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 01:13:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are "still having talks about trading" Jose Lobaton.

It was reported by Topkin in December that the Rays were talking to the White Sox about a deal involving Lobaton. The club is willing to bring him to camp, but with a $950,000 salary and no room for him on the roster, Lobaton seems likely to be in another organization before Opening Day. The backstop batted .249/.320/.394 with seven homers for the Rays in 2013.
Sun, Feb 2, 2014 09:06:00 AM

Rays avoided arbitration with C Jose Lobaton by agreeing to a one-year, $950,000 contract.

It was Lobaton's first year of arbitration eligibility after he qualified for Super Two status. The backstop batted .249/.320/.394 with seven homers for the Rays in 2013 and is slated to open the year at Triple-A.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that Jose Lobaton could be headed to the White Sox.

Topkin is still waiting for confirmation, but Lobaton is expendable now that the Rays have Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan. Chicago is another crowded situation, as the club has Josh Phegley and Tyler Flowers in-house.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 03:04:00 PM

The Rays kept their season alive Monday thanks to a Jose Lobaton pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning versus the Red Sox.

Manager Joe Maddon chose to lose the designated hitter spot in the eighth inning when Wil Myers left with cramps, as Matt Joyce shifted to right field. As it turned out, Lobaton wound up pinch-hitting in Myers' spot and delivered with a deep drive over the right-center field wall off of Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. Evan Longoria also had a huge homer in the contest, blasting a three-run shot in the fifth to tie things up. The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson to the hill against Jake Peavy on Tuesday.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 10:51:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (elbow) is available to play Wednesday against the Yankees.

Lobaton left Tuesday's game with a sore elbow related that was affecting his throwing. Fortunately for the Rays, it's not a major concern.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis
10Koda Glover