Rays and Nationals Complete Four-Player Trade


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Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY) — The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns from the Washington Nationals on Thursday, for catcher Jose Lobaton, outfielder Drew Vettleson and left-handed pitcher Felipe Rivero.

Karns spent the majority of the 2013 season with Double-A Harrisburg, where he compiled a record of 10-6 with a 3.23 ERA in 23 starts. In his big league debut with the Nationals, the 26-year-old went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in three starts.

Lobaton played in a career-high 100 games for the Rays in 2013, batting .249 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. The 29-year-old’s career highlight came in Game 3 of last year’s American League Divisional Series when he hit a walk-off home run against Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara.

Vettleson and Rivero spent 2013 in the Rays minor league system.

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