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By David Keene
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Topic - Nathan Karns
Relief pitcher Heath Bell was cut by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in a costly move for a normally thrifty team.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
The Nationals opened spring training on Thursday by trading right-handed pitching prospect Nathan Karns to the Tampa Bay Rays for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton.
On the surface, the numbers don't look promising. The Nationals traded for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton on Thursday and the stat that immediately jumps out is his caught stealing percentage.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Nats may be willing to give up pitching prospect Nathan Karns to land Jose Lobaton from the Rays.
Nathan Karns entered 2013 as the Nats' pitching prospect who was closest to the majors, but after a rocky first season, where does he fit on the organizational depth chart?
"Here I am, ready to go," Karns said in the clubhouse about 2 hours before the first pitch.
"Rizzo told me the deal, he just couldn't pass up on it," Karns said. "I can understand that from a business point. He has a job to do. I have a job to do. There's no bad feelings. It's just business."