Na­tion­als, Lo­ba­ton avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with 1-year deal

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Catcher Jose Lo­ba­ton and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als have agreed to a one-year con­tract for 2017, avoid­ing ar­bi­tra­tion.

The Na­tion­als an­nounced the agree­ment on Twit­ter on Thursday. Lo­ba­ton hit .232 in 99 at-bats dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son as a backup to Wil­son Ramos.

But Ramos was in­jured in Septem­ber, al­low­ing Lo­ba­ton to get a chance at a more prom­i­nent role in the play­offs. He wound up get­ting two hits in nine at-bats in Wash­ing­ton’s five-game loss to the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in their NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries, in­clud­ing a three-run homer in a Game 2 vic­tory for the Na­tion­als.

The 32-year-old Lo­ba­ton has played seven sea­sons in the ma­jors, the last three with Wash­ing­ton.

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