Found November 29, 2011 on Fragile Freddy's:
<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 and shuttled John Jaso to Seattle.<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">You may say “hold on, Jose Molina is worth four games?”  and I would not argue at first.   There is a lot of work being done on catcher defense out there and apparently there is an argument that Molina could be this valuable.<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Recent work by Mike Fast at Baseball Prospectus has shed new light on the import of a catcher’s ability to “frame pitches.”  This is the act of receivin...

Jose Molina and Rays agree to $1.8 million deal

Catcher Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year contract. Molina gets a $1.5 million salary for next season under Monday's agreement, and the Rays hold a $1.8 million option for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout. The 36-year-old hit a career-best .281 this year with three homers and 15 RBIs in 55 games. He is keeping up his tour of the AL East following...

Rays Trade Jaso To Mariners

In a weekend that was filled with football, college basketball, and leftover turkey, the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners hooked up for a trade that pulled us back into the clutches of the simmering Hot Stove – the deal saw Tampa trade 28-year-old catcher John Jaso to Seattle for 27-year-old right-handed reliever Josh Lueke and a player to be named later (or cash considerations...

Rays sign catcher Jose Molina

The Rays completed the deal with Jose Molina, signing the catcher to a reported one-year, $1.5 million deal with a 2013 club option for $1.5 million.

Why The Rays Lost The John Jaso Trade

Keith Law offers his take on who won the John Jaso-Josh Lueke trade, stating “here’s why the Mariners win this deal” (via Twitter)… It is hard to argue with this reasoning. Related posts:Rays Trade Catcher To Mariners John Jaso Needs To Learn A New Position, Right Now Jaso May Have Lost His Job © The Professor for Rays Index, 2011. | Permalink | One comment | Add to...

Mariners acquire C Jaso from Rays for RHP Lueke

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher John Jaso from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday for righthander Josh Lueke and a player to be named later. Jaso, 28, batted .224 with five homers and 27 RBIs last season. "John gives us a left-handed hitting catcher with some big league time who is still young," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said a statement. "His left...

Mariners Get John Jaso from Tampa Bay

The Mariners made their first offseason move today as they send away controversial reliever Josh Lueke to Tampa Bay in exchange for the left-handed hitting Jaso.

Mariners Acquire John Jaso

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...

Mariners send Lueke and cash to Rays for Jaso

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

Rays trade Jaso to Mariners for RHP Lueke

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded catcher John Jaso to Seattle for right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke, a player to be named later and cash.
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