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Washington Nationals roster review: Jose Lobaton


Washington Nationals roster review: Jose Lobaton

Age on Opening Day 2016: 31

How acquired: Trade with Rays, Feb. 2014

MLB service time: 4 years, 138 days

2015 salary+bonuses: $1.2 million

Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2018

2015 stats: 44 G, 155 PA, 11 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 15 BB, 40 SO, .199 AVG, .279 OBP, .294 SLG, .573 OPS, 2 E, -0.3 WAR

2015 analysis: Jose Lobaton played in only 44 games in 2015 and there was a good reason for that. Primary catcher Wilson Ramos was finally able to stay healthy and caught a career-high 128 games, thus forcing Lobaton to take a reduced role.

Whether it was the sparse playing time or not, Lobaton did not have a very good year at the plate. He hit just .199 and didn't even crack the .300 mark with his slugging percentage. Lobaton didn't provide much of anything on offense for the Nationals this year, his second season with the team.

Lobaton was, however, pretty good on defense, at least when he worked with Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez' ERA was 3.39 through 20 games with Lobaton, much lower than the 4.52 mark he had working with Ramos. Lobaton also drew positive reviews this season for his ability to frame pitches.

Basically, Lobaton was a seldom-needed backup this season who was much more valuable on defense than he was on offense.

2016 outlook: Lobaton is under contract for the 2016 season and as of now appears to be in the Nationals' plans for next year. He is a valuable asset as an experienced No. 2 catcher and being a switch-hitter doesn't hurt.

Lobaton's future could come down to what the Nationals decide this offseason about Ramos as a starting catcher. He was a Gold Glove finalist and Mike Rizzo gave him a vote of confidence at the GM meetings last week. But Ramos did not have the season on offense many of us thought he was capable of if he stayed healthy. That puts catcher as a sort of wild card as a potential need this winter.

If the Nationals decide to upgrade at the catcher position - and whether that is even possible is unclear - that could certainly affect Lobaton. But for now he certainly appears to be safe as the Nats' backup with Ramos as the starter ahead of him.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.


Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.


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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.


Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.