According to multiple reports, the A’s on Wednesday acquired catcher John Jaso from the Mariners in a three-team swap.
The A’s send two prospects— right-handers A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen—and a player to be named later to the Washington Nationals, who send first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse to Seattle.
To make room for Jaso on the 40-man roster, catcher George Kottaras, whom the A’s re-signed just two days ago, was designated for assignment.
This news has left at least one member of the local media a little dismayed with the departure of Kottaras:
#Athletics also designate George Kottaras for assignment. Will miss Kottaras’ leopard-skin briefs worn during division-clinching party..
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) January 17, 2013
Jaso is considered an upgrade at catcher for the A’s. He hit .276/.394/.456 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI last season for the Mariners. (Fun fact: Jaso caught Felix Hernandez’s perfect game last season). He is expected to split time behind the plate i...