Lobaton was traded to the Dodgers for cash, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Players who are not on the 40-man roster can still be traded after the deadline, which is how this deal was possible. Lobaton hit .236/.305/.434 with 13 home runs in 318 plate appearances at Triple-A Tacoma.
Lobaton was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Lobaton didn't beat out David Freitas for the backup catcher job but could get time at some point this season when Freitas or Omar Narvaez gets injured. The 34-year-old owns a career .215/.293/.319 line in 413 big-league games.
Lobaton signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Lobaton will compete with David Frietas for the backup catcher spot. The veteran backstop appeared in just 22 games for the Mets in 2018, hitting .143/.246/.224. Even if Lobaton breaks camp with the Mariners, he doesn't figure to provide much fantasy value given his career .215/.293/.319 triple-slash.
Lobaton's contract was selected by the Mets on Saturday. Lobaton will be the Mets' third catcher down the stretch, with Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) out for the season and Devin Mesoraco's (neck) status uncertain. The 33-year-old hit .152/.264/.239 in 19 games for the Mets earlier this season and is unlikely to play a significant role even if he earns unexpected at-bats.
Lobaton cleared waivers Thursday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Lobaton will now report to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he'll serve as organizational outfield depth for the Mets. The 33-year-old compiled an unremarkable .152/.264/.239 line across 19 games with the big club this season.