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59 Jose Lobaton C
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 10/21/1984 | Birthplace: Acarigua, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $496,500 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 319.00
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Jose Lobaton chips in to rout with second homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton had just one of the 12 hits racked up by his team in a pounding of Texas, but it was a big one. His two-run homer in the second inning gave Washington a 3-0 lead and set the rout in motion.

Lobaton owns  stat line of .228/.290/.359 on the season.


Jose Lobaton recovers from shin injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton rejoined the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers after missing two games due to shin soreness. Lobaton is batting .333 (11 for 33) with one home run, three doubles and four RBI in his last nine games.

Jose Lobaton dealing with soreness in shin


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row on Monday against the Dodgers because of soreness in his shin, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic reports. Lobaton is batting .250 with one home run and five RBI in 68 at-bats this season.

His status remains uncertain for Tuesday's game against Los Angeles.

Jose Lobaton totals season-high three hits


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton connected for a season-high three hits Sunday against the Cardinals. All three hits were singles.

Lobaton is batting .273 (6 for 22) in his last six games. He has one RBI, one walk, two doubles, two runs and seven strikeouts in that span.


Jose Lobaton expected to replace injured catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton was in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets. Lobaton is expected to see the bulk of starts at catcher with starter Wilson Ramos sidelined 4-5 weeks with a hand injury.

Report: Wilson Ramos expected to undergo surgery on hand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will likely undergo hamate bone surgery on his left hand Wednesday morning, which would sideline him for four to eight weeks, the Washington Post reports.

Ramos was pulled in the seventh inning of Monday's debut, though no reason was given for his removal. The catcher will likely suffer from reduced power even after he returns. Jose Lobaton will likely serve as the team's starting catcher for the immediate future.


Jose Lobaton: I work well with my pitchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Jose Lobaton spent the last two seasons catching one of the premier pitching staffs in the American League in Tampa Bay. He has now been given the chance to receive for one of the best in the National League in Washington.

He likes to believe his communication skills with pitchers was one reason the Rays were successful and that the Nationals will enjoy the same benefits.

"I'm the kind of catcher, I like to talk to the pitcher," he told the team blog. "Whatever they want. I'm not the kind of catcher who is like, 'I want something, I'm going to call it.' I want to do whatever they want. He's got the ball. Communication, we worked a lot with the Rays on that. ... If they want the glove low, I'll put it low. 'Just let me know' - that's all I say to the pitchers."

The 29-year-old must continue to prove himself behind the plate because he's struggled at it. His .249 batting average in 2013 was easily the best of his career.


Jose Lobaton goes to Washington


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton has been traded to the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

Lobaton will be traded for pitcher Nathan Karns. There were rumors the two players were involved in a potential deal Wednesday, but it took until Thursday morning for the news to leak. The Rays are reportedly sending two minor-league players back to the Nationals as well.

Lobaton hit .249/.320/.394 in 277 at-bats last year.


Rays, Nationals discussing deal for Jose Lobaton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) The Rays and Nationals are discussing a potential deal for catcher Jose Lobaton, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa has been looking to deal Lobaton throughout the offseason, but haven't been able to find a taker. It's rumored pitcher Nathan Karns could be involved in a potential deal. Other players would be involved.

Lobaton hit .249/.320/.394 in 277 at-bats last year.


Agent doesn't expect Jose Lobaton to get traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Rafael Perez, the agent for Rays catcher Jose Lobaton, told MLBDailyDish.com he's "heard about the trade rumors" regarding his client. However, he doesn't feel Lobaton will be traded.

"As far as I'm concerned, Lobaton will be reporting to camp on Friday and will be competing with two other catchers for a starting position," Perez said.


Nationals, Rays have been engaged in trade talks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Nationals have been discussing a potential trade for Rays catcher Jose Lobaton for a while, seriously and reportedly for more than a month, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The paper suggests the Rays could be targeting Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa, who said he's been by told by the Nationals he will compete for the starting job at second base this spring.


Trade talks picking up for Rays catcher Jose Lobaton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Trade talks involving Rays catcher Jose Lobaton are picking up, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Teams interested or are in need of catcher depth include the Diamondbacks, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Mets and Nationals, according to the Times.

Rays still considering dealing Jose Lobaton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Rays are still looking to deal catcher Jose Lobaton, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Lobaton had been mentioned as a trade candidate earlier in the offseason, but a deal was never reached. At this point, the team could wait until a spring training injury to get rid of Lobaton. He can also provide depth if one of their catchers misses time. Lobaton hit .249/.320/.394 in 277 at-bats last season.


Rays, Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Rays and catcher Jose Lobaton have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $900,000.

It was Lobaton's first year of arbitration eligibility. He hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 277 at-bats last season.


Jose Lobaton could be headed to White Sox


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton could be on his way to the White Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times

After acquiring Ryan Hanigan early Tuesday, the Rays could be looking to get rid of some of their catching depth. The White Sox would be a fit, as Tyler Flowers hit just .195 in 256 at-bats. Lobaton hit .249/.320/.394 in 277 at-bats. 


Jose Lobaton walk-off hero for Rays


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2013) Rays backup catcher Jose Lobaton hit a pinch-hit 419-foot walk-off home run to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning of Monday's American League Division Series Game 3 at home against Boston. Lobaton's first-career postseason homer gave the Rays life as they are now down 2-1 in the series heading to Game 4. 

Lobaton saw just two pitches in his at-bat against closer Koji Uehara, who had been nearly lights out during the regular season for Boston. He launched the second pitch, with two outs, to straightaway center to win the game. 

The 28-year-old has gone 1 for 5 this postseason with the HR. He hit seven homers in the regular season as he batted .249 over 277 at-bats with 32 runs batted in. 


Jose Lobaton returns Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton has returned to the team's starting lineup against the Yankees.

Lobaton missed Wednesday's game with a bruised elbow. He'll hit eighth against Ivan Nova. Lobaton is hitting .256/.329/.402 in 266 at-bats. 


Jose Lobaton out Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton missed Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to his bruised elbow, MLB.com reports. He is day to day. He has hit .256/.329/.402 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 266 at-bats.

Jose Lobaton leaves game with bruised elbow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a bruised elbow, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Lobaton, who was 0 for 2 before exiting, is day to day. He has hit .256/.329/.402 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 266 at-bats.


Jose Lobaton in lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton is in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

Jose Molina remains out while dealing with a family matter. Lobaton is hitting .258/.328/.406 in 244 at-bats. 


Jose Lobaton leads Rays to victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton led the Rays to a 7-2 win over the Yankees Friday, on the strength of a four-RBI game.

Lobaton drove in three runs with a second inning home run, and adding one more RBI on a single in the fourth. He finished the game 2 for 3 with one run scored and four driven in.  

Lobaton is hitting .266 with six home runs on the season.  


Jose Lobaton hits walk-off home run


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton went deep in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon from Tampa Bay. Lobaton hit a walk-off solo homer in the 2-1 win. 

Lobaton's home run was his fifth of the season and it came with one out in the inning off Brad Lincoln. He finished the game 1 for 4 and is batting .255 on the year. 

The 28-year-old backstop has gone 5 for 11 in his last three games with a triple, homer and three RBI. 


Jose Lobaton comes through for Rays


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton recorded three hits Friday during a 5-4 win over Toronto. Lobaton hit a triple in the game and drove in two runs.

The backstop finished 3 for 4 with two RBI. He singled home a run in the third inning and the triple brought home Yunel Escobar in the ninth to give the Rays the one-run win in walk-off fashion. Lobaton is batting .255 for Tampa Bay.

Not the everyday backstop for manager Joe Maddon, Lobaton has gone 7 for 22 (.318) over eight games in August with two doubles, two triples and two RBI.

Jose Lobaton has back-to-back three-hit games


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton recorded three of Tampa's 17 hits Monday in a 12-0 win at Houston. Lobaton singled for all three hits. 

He went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored and is batting .285 on the year. The 28-year-old has gone 6 for 8 in his last two games with three RBI. 


Jose Lobaton drives in two of three Tampa runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Rays catcher Jose Lobaton had a solid offensive game in a 3-1 win over Detroit Sunday. Lobaton drove in two of the Rays' three runs. 

His RBI single to left in the second inning got the scoring started in the game. Lobaton added another RBI single in the fourth inning to give the Rays the lead for good. 

He finished 3 for 3 with two RBI and has 18 RBI in on the year. He's batting .273. He had just three hits in his previous nine games combined.