Found November 27, 2011 on
The M’s have made their first move of the off-season, and my initial reaction is that I love this one. They’ve traded RHP Josh Lueke and a PTBNL (or cash, indicating that it’s probably not a very important secondary player) to the Tampa Bay Rays for C John Jaso. Lueke you know about, so here’s the lowdown on Jaso.
He’s a 28-year-old left-handed catcher who worked his way up through Tampa Bay’s system despite not being a scout’s favorite. He displayed fantastic approach at the plate (career 299/309 BB/K in 2,550 minor league plate appearances) all the way up through the minors, and used his on base skills to compensate for just average power.
After tiring of Dioner Navarro, the Rays turned their catching job over to Jaso in 2010, and he responded by having a fantastic season, hitting .263/.378/.372 in his rookie year. His terrific approach at the plate continued, as he drew 59 walks and struck out just 39 times, and while he still didn’t show a ton of power, his on base skill...
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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.
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 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...
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...
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.
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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.
John Jaso goes to Seattle for Josh Lueke, who has spent time in jail.
<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...