Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) 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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