Posted November 28, 2011 on
The trade of John Jaso on Sunday that brought reliever Josh Lueke from the Seattle Mariners to the Rays has already been a controversial one among fans of the team. But what about Lueke's performance on the field? Inside I discuss what he offers the Rays' bullpen and examine his new found maturity as a player and a man.

Tampa Bay acquires RHP Lueke from Seattle

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-hander Josh Lueke and a player to be named or cash from the Seattle Mariners for catcher John Jaso. The trade was announced on Sunday. Lueke made the Mariners opening-day roster last season, but was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in April after allowing 12 runs over 6 1-3 innings in eight appearances. He rejoined the Mariners in July and in 25...

5 Reasons To like The Seattle Mariners Trade for John Jaso

Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in on the MLB trade today between Seattle and Tampa Bay. That sent Josh Lueke to the Rays, and the M's received catcher John Jaso. Danny lists five things that Jaso will bring to Seattle, and says the trade is a good thing if the future player in the deal is Chone Figgins.

FanGraphs Audio: The Complete Dave Cameron

Episode 104 Managing Editor Dave Cameron discusses not only the trade of John Jaso to the Mariners from the Rays in exchange for reliever Josh Lueke, and also the firing of Ed Wade, but also takes an analytical — and yet still decidedly personal — look at his illness and subsequent treatment. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can...

The Rays' New Rape Problem

The Tampa Bay Rays just traded for Mariners reliever Josh Lueke, a righty who's undervalued because he dodged a rape charge a few years back. Our resident Rays fan, Mobutu Sese Seko, is not pleased. TB brass is advised to read his debunking of the various pro-Lueke factions sooner rather than later. [Mr. Destructo] More »

Tampa Bay Rays acquire pitcher with checkered past Josh Lueke for catcher John Jaso

John Jaso goes to Seattle for Josh Lueke, who has spent time in jail.

Jaso’s reaction to the trade

ROGER MOONEY John Jaso’s thoughts had already turned to where he was going to live during spring training in Port Charlotte when he received word late Sunday afternoon that he had been traded to the Mariners. The Rays…

The John Jaso Family Of Hitters

Since Jaso’s value is primarily tied to how well he hits – and he didn’t hit very well last year – I decided to look and see how players with similar skillsets have fared over the last 10 years in order to give us a better understanding of what kind of results should be expected given this particular blend of abilities. To create a list of comparable player seasons, I isolated...

On Catcher Defense

<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">While little of substance has happened in the off-season so far one significant move may have occurred to make an AL East competitor of the Red Sox four games better than they were a year ago.  The Tampa Bay Rays have inked catcher Jose Molina to a contract for the 2012 season...
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