Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trade talks for Rays' Lobaton heating up

ST. PETERSBURG — With spring training opening next week, trade interest in Rays catcher Jose Lobaton is picking up.

Among teams with interest and/or need are the Diamondbacks, Indians, Mets, Nationals, Rockies and White Sox.

With Ryan Hanigan added and Jose Molina back, Lobaton, who hit .249 with a .320 on-base percentage, is the odd man out, though the Rays could bring him to camp to see what develops.

CHECK IT OUT: Baseball is back on the radio tonight, as the first Rays Countdown to Opening Day show airs 7-8 on 620-AM/95.3-FM. Exec VP Andrew Friedman and right-hander Alex Cobb are guests as Andy Freed and Dave Wills host from St. Pete's Hotel Indigo (234 Third Ave. N).

Fernandez honored

TAMPA — Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez's year has already been unforgettable, from winning National League rookie of the year to finishing third in the Cy Young Award race.

On Wednesday night, another honor hit close to home for Fernandez, who had his No. 16 jersey retired by Alonso High. Fernandez, 21, who defected from Cuba, led the Ravens to two state titles (2009, '11) in his three seasons before getting selected in the first round (14th overall) in 2011 by the Marlins.

"It's really special," Fernandez said. "I was just talking to some of the other guys I played with, the first year I came here I couldn't even speak English. It's pretty amazing, being around coaches and people that have been important in my life. It's something you've always got in your heart."

Fernandez wasn't expecting to be in the majors in 2013, but he made a splash, earning an All-Star selection and going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts. Before Alonso's game Wednesday against East Lake, Fernandez received a hero's welcome, signing autographs and posing for photos before getting honored in a ceremony. "This is home," he said.

Around the majors

SCHILLING HAS CANCER: Former star pitcher turned ESPN analyst Curt Schilling announced that he is battling cancer. Schilling, 47, a 20-year big-leaguer who retired in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through ESPN. He did not indicate what type of cancer he has.

RANGERS: The team reached a 10-year deal to immediately change the name of their 20-year-old stadium to Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Times staff writer Joe Smith and Times wires contributed to this report.

Trade talks for Rays' Lobaton heating up 02/05/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Sign up for our daily News at Noon email newsletter


    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  2. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Hechavarria active, Robertson sent down


    UPDATE, 3:26: And the Rays indeed have Hechavarria at SS and Beckham at 2B. Also, with no DH Dickerson is in left.

    Rays lineup:
    Smith cf,
    Dickerson lf,
    Longoria 3b,
    Morrison 1b,
    Souza rf,
    Ramos c,
    Beckham 2b,
    Hechavarria ss,
    Cobb p

    The stellar view from the press box at PNC Park.
  3. Cal Foote was picked 14th overall by the Lightning in the NHL Draft.
  4. Jones: Serena Williams, and all women, deserved better from John McEnroe


    John McEnroe might be the best sports analyst in broadcasting.

    Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in January in  Melbourne, Australia. [AP photo]
  5. Joe Maddon: What my time in Tampa Bay meant, and still means, to me

    The Heater

    Editor's note: The Rays next week in Chicago will meet up for the first time with former manager Joe Maddon, who is in his third year leading the Cubs after nine with the Rays. In advance of the Tuesday-Wednesday series, we asked Maddon to share his thoughts in a column on what his time in Tampa Bay meant to …

    Joe Maddon waits to greet B.J. Upton after Upton's home run in Game 2 of the ALCS in 2008 at Tropicana Field. [Times files (2008)]