Jose Lobaton ice creamJim Bowden of ESPN.com has a couple of Rays-related nuggets in his lastest column.

First, Bowden says the Rays have decided to not trade David Price. That’s really not a surprise to Rays fans. However, Bowden makes it sound more definitive than it probably is.

We’ve known for a while now that trading Price had become unlikely. But the Rays are not the sort of franchise to ever make an absolute commitment to something unless they have to. In other words, if the Mariners came to the Rays today and offered their two best pitching prospects and 2-3 other prospects, the Rays would probably accept the offer and trade Price.

Of course, that is unlikely to happen. But the point is simply that no player is ever untouchable and there is always a price.

Buried at the bottom of Bowden’s column is something that is actually much more important for the near future of the Rays:

The Nationals have been in discussions with the Rays for catcher Jose Lobaton, as they look for a backup for Wilson Ramos.

At some point the Rays have to make a decision on Lobaton. They will keep telling us and other teams that they are willing to start the season with three catchers. But there is no way that is their first choice and they just don’t want to sound desperate to make a deal.

This news is significant because I don’t even recall any other rumors and this sounds like something more significant than the usual “check in with the Rays.” If serious, we could see another trade in the next few days.

A few other odds and ends

  • Sam Fuld has signed a minor league contract with the A’s. [TBO.com]
  • It is National Signing Day in college football, where old men drool over high school boys, use fax machines, a technology from the 1980s, and the kids do silly things like this > [BI Sports]
  • Former Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth has signed with the Mets. [Wall Street Journal]

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12 Comments

  1. I wish they hadn’t re-signed Molina, to be honest. I would much rather keep Lobaton than Molina. Especially with Hannigan being labeled as they main catcher.

  2. Ken says:

    Hard to figure the Rays allegiance to Molina. He’s older, slower, costs more and hits right handed, just like Hannigan. Lobo’s switch hitting skills alone make him a more desirable option.

    • Zach says:

      The problem with Molina is that he ‘ll be tough to trade for the same reasons keeping him doesn’t make sense. I don’t think anyone will want him.

  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    If the Rays can’t get a suitable deal for Lobaton I would not be the least bit surprised to find Molina on the DL to start the season with a “torn left roster spot”; thus leaving Hannigan and Lobo as the catchers.

  4. Typical Andrew Friedman. Either we don’t make trades we should (Joyce) or we make the ones we shouldn’t (Lobaton).

  5. TOM says:

    Molina is a fat waste. He & Hannigan will not make thru the season without getting on the DL. They are really stupid if they trade Lobaton. They do this crap every year with a young player.Remember Ruggiano, how he was treated. If I was a player I would not want to play for this organization. Its hell getting out of the minors. If they get rid of Lobo who is there catcher when fat ass Molina and/or Hannigan gets hurt. I guarantee it will happen. I’m sorry but I can’t support this sorry ass organization.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      I hate the Molina signing too, but you’re way out of line saying that this organization doesn’t treat their players well and that they’re a “sorry ass organization”… which sort of “classy” organization are you gonna follow? NY? Boston?

  6. edward williams says:

    been saying it all along, why did they resign molina, i know lobo isn’t the best catcher ,but he is young and like another person here said he is a switch hitter, no disrespect to molina, but he is old and slow, this one just makes you scratch your head. Well can’t wait until opening day , go rays

  7. Beth says:

    Correction – “no player is ever untouchable” — except Evan Longoria. They didn’t sign him to that long term contract to trade him.

  8. Dave L says:

    Lobaton is very bad at controlling the running game. He’s 3 rd worst in MLB in SB% against only behind Jaso and Suzuki. We brought in Hanigan cause he’s the best . I only counted regular and backup catchers btw.

    This year year the Rays are going all in on catcher as a primarily defensive position. Their thinking is with all the young pitchers, we need old wily catchers to handle them, frame their pitches and call the games and shut down the running game.

    It is what it is. Lets see how it works. I want to see what Molina looks like at his age and girth. I hope he lost some weight.

    I just don’t see how we have any leverage to trade Lobaton, with two signed catchers.

    • OriginalTom says:

      The pitchers need to take a good portion of the blame for teams running against the Rays. Last season a runner would often be half way to second by the time the pitcher released the ball.

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