|Feb. 13 12:17 PM PT1:17 PM MT2:17 PM CT3:17 PM ET15:17 ET20:17 GMT4:17 CST1:17 PM MST3:17 PM EST3:47 PM VEN0:17 UAE (+1)2:17 PM CT-The Washington Nationals filled the last clear-cut need on their roster on the opening day of spring training, acquiring catcher Jose Lobaton and two prospects from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday for pitcher Nathan Karns.
Analysis: 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.
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