Found November 28, 2011 on USS Mariner:
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 players who had shown similar skills in approach, contact rate, and power. More specifically, the list includes 34 players who had at least 250 plate appearances in a season, made contact at least 87% of the time they swung the bat, swung at 40% or fewer of the pitches they were thrown, and had an Isolated Slugging mark between .100 and .140. This gives us 34 guys who match up with Jaso’s offensive profile very well – they’re patient hitters who lack big time power but offset some of that with an ability to put the bat on the ball with frequency. Overall, these guys compiled 16,866 plate appearances in th...

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.

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…

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...

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...

Rays New Pitcher Has A Disturbing Criminal History

Last night, the Rays announced that they had traded John Jaso to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Josh Lueke and a player to be named later. Rays fans, meet your new pitcher… In 2008, while pitching for the Bakersfield Blaze, a single-A affiliate in the Texas Rangers organization, Lueke was charged with rape (via [Disclaimer: I have worked for several years as a...

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 get RHP Lueke from M's for C Jaso (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. 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.

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.

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.

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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