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Nationals trade RHP Karns to Rays for C Lobaton

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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"There's not an obvious spot that we need to address," Rizzo said. "But, as we say, if an opportunity arises, we'll be aggressive and open-minded about it."

The Nationals are giving up a top prospect in the 26-year-old right-hander Karns, who three made starts in his first taste of the major leagues last season, but they're adding a pair of 22-year-olds from the Jays' pool of talent: outfielder Drew Vettleson and left-handed pitcher Felipe Rivero.

Karns would have been in a crowded race for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. The trade for a younger pitcher alleviates part of that logjam and helps the Nationals stagger their pitching prospects.

To make room for the new players on the 40-man roster, Washington placed right-handed pitcher Erik Davis on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow.

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