Jose Lobaton has been traded to the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitcher Nate Karns.
In addition to Lobaton, the Rays also gave the Nationals pitcher Felipe Rivero, who was the 13th best prospect in the organization last year, and Drew Vettleson, the Rays’ first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
At the very least, expect Karns to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation with Jake Odorizzi with Jeremy Hellickson starting the season on the disabled list.
Karns, a 12th round pick in the 2009 draft, made three starts for the Nationals in 2013, spending most of the season at
triple-A double-A where he was 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA (3.48 FIP).
The Rays will save about $450,000 with this trade as Lobaton was set to make $950,000 and Karns would make the MLB minimum of approximately $500,000 if he is on the big league roster.