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59 Jose Lobaton C
Height/Weight: 6-1/212 | Birthdate: 10/21/1984 | Birthplace: Acarigua, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $496,500 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Clint Robinson, Jose Lobaton in Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Clint Robinson gets a start in left field for the Nationals on Sunday. Robinson will bat sixth and play left for the sixth time this season. 

Jose Lobaton also gets a Sunday start, replacing Wilson Ramos at catcher for the tenth time. He'll bat seventh.


Nationals C Wilson Ramos given the day off on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will put his 15-game hitting streak on hold Wednesday, as he is being held out of the lineup in the series-finale against the Diamondbacks. Ramos seven of the last eight games for Washington, including each of the last three contests. 

So, with a day game following a night game, manager Matt Williams has decided to give Ramos a rest. Jose Lobaton will grab the start behind the plate and bat seventh on Wednesday. Ramos should be back in there on Thursday when the Nationals open a four-game series in San Diego.


Nats backup catcher Jose Labaton hits second homer in 20th at-bat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton delivered a two-run homer Saturday in the Nationals' win over the Braves.

The homer was Lobaton's second in his first 20 at-bats of the season.

"He understands the role," manager Matt Williams said after Saturday’s win, per the Washington Post. "He understands that there may be a week where he only plays once. And then there may be a situation like today where we’ve got a good matchup that he plays in a game where Wilson (Ramos) would ordinarily play in. He provides good defense for us, good game-calling. Knowing our guys, which is good. Unfortunately, last year Wilson was out quite a bit and [Lobaton] got a chance to know these guys. It’s not like he’s stepping into a situation he hasn’t been in."

Both of his home runs this season have come against Teheran, against whom he is 7-for-13 lifetime.


Jose Lobaton replaces Wilson Ramos in Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Jose Lobaton got the call at catcher, in place of Wilson Ramos for the Nationals' game against Atlanta on Saturday. 

Lobaton will bat seventh in the lineup and start behind the plate for seventh time this year. It's the first time in five games that he's gotten the call to rest Ramos.


Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos back in the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is back in the starting lineup after a one-game absence, the team announced. Ramos was given the day off Tuesday in favor of Jose Lobaton.

Ramos is hitting .250 with a home run and eight RBI in 64 at-bats this season. The Nationals are currently the favorites (-110) against Atlanta.


Jose Lobaton scores three times for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton scored three runs and went 3 for 4 in Tuesday's 13-12 win over Atlanta. 

Lobaton hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his first deep ball of the year. He now has four RBI and is hitting .235.


Nationals' Jose Lobaton draws start for A.J. Cole's debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton is starting behind the plate for the major-league debut of pitcher A.J. Cole Tuesday.

It's the fifth start of the season for Lobaton, who is just 1 for 13 with two walks and nine strikeouts. His presence behind the plate will send Wilson Ramos to the bench after four straight starts.

The Nationals are underdogs (+100) against the Braves Tuesday.


Yunel Escobar, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore out of Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Escobar was questionable with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Danny Espinosa, who is batting seventh in the lineup.

Manager Matt Williams said Escobar "felt pretty good" Saturday morning. He will receive an MRI. 

Infielder Emmanuel Burriss is not in the starting lineup for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, leaving open the possibility that Escobar may be placed on the disabled list later today. 

Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Tyler Moore. Jose Lobaton gets the start at catcher, batting eighth. Clint Robinson is in left, batting fifth. 


Nationals' Wilson Ramos not in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox in Boston.

Jose Lobaton, who is 0 for 3 in one game this season, will draw the start behind the plate and bat seventh. Ramos is 4 for 20 with one double and one home run in five games.

The Nationals will also welcome back left fielder Jayson Werth, who is batting cleanup Monday. The Nationals are underdogs (+115) in Boston.


Nationals seeking improvement in bench production for 2015


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Nationals' bench struggled when pressed into action a season ago, as the group only mustered a combined .143 batting average with 18 RBI. 

With stars Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon likely to open the year on the disabled list, the Nationals know bench production will be key early on in the season. The Nationals bring back some guys that came off the bench a year go, including Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Jose Lobaton

Their numbers will need to improve for the Nationals to sustain success offensively, especially when dealing with injuries. 

One possibility to take a bench spot is Tony Gwynn Jr., who's hitting .375 with two RBI this spring. 

"You want to set a tone for the team, especially when you are missing cogs like Rendon, Werth and Span," Gwynn said via MLB.com. "You have to be able to fill those voids. There are reasons they are paid the top money they are paid. They are not easy cogs to replace. You try to piece it together as a team and hope you can keep the ship afloat until those guys get back."


Nationals, Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Nationals have avoided arbitration with catcher Jose Lobaton, according to CSN.

Lobaton is set to receive $1.2 million this year. The 30-year-old Lobaton hit .234/.287/.304 over 214 at-bats last year. He's set to open the year as the team's backup catcher. 


Nationals tender contracts to 10 players


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Nationals announced they tendered contracts to the following arbitration-eligible players: Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Doug Fister, Jose Lobaton, Wilson Ramos, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg.

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.