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JOHN JASO RUMORS & GOSSIP

A Strategy For Deploying Baseball’s Best Backup Catcher

It wasn’t that long ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were a laughingstock. They experienced two decades of losing seasons from 1993 to 2012, but getting that proverbial monkey off their backs in 2013 didn’t exactly free them from the pain baseball can inflict. In fact, the Pirates found a way to be simultaneously great and depressing. They’ve hosted three consecutive wild-card...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates sign John Jaso (and claim Yoervis Medina, it’s Christmas Eve, you’re only getting one post)

The Pirates’ winter-long quest to find a left-handed hitting first baseman finally came to an end yesterday evening, when the team announced that they’d signed John Jaso to a two-year deal. Jaso has spent most of his career catching and DHing with the Rays and A’s to this point, but he’s had enough serious concussion issues that it’s unlikely that he ever goes behind the...
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December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign John Jaso, Obviously

As of this morning, at first base, the Pirates had the right-handed Michael Morse, and the right-handed Jason Rogers. As depth, there’s the right-handed Sean Rodriguez, and though the switch-hitting Josh Bell is on the way, he’s got his own stuff to figure out. So for the Pirates, there was an obvious need. They don’t have a lefty-heavy lineup, and last year they about tied...
Via Fangraphs
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

John Jaso agrees to $8 million, 2-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Free agent John Jaso and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract. The 32-year-old has played mostly in the outfield and at catcher in the past, but the Pirates plan on using him at first base, a position he has played in just two big league games. Pedro Alvarez, who shifted from third base to first for the 2015 season, became a free...
Via Associated Press
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Fields and the value of faith and positive thinking

Over the last calendar year, Houston righty Josh Fields has been a top-30 reliever. That may not be the type of lede that grabs you by your collar and shakes a click out of you, but the “how” might intrigue you. Because Fields has changed one thing — a new pitch has helped — but it’s something that he changed mentally that really made the difference. And his faith had everything...
Via Fangraphs
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Breaking down the 2015 catching platoon

John Jaso The Oakland A’s seem most comfortable when they have three catchers in their dugout. Even though the Athletics started out with only John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate last season, they recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A by the time the All-Star game rolled around. Then, in late August, the A’s acquired Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers since Jaso...
Via isportsweb.com
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: John Jaso’s future as a catcher

John Jaso Oakland A’s catcher John Jaso was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list this past week since his concussion symptoms have worsened over the past two weeks. He told the press that he was struck by a hard foul tip that bounced off of his face mask back in early August when the Oakland A’s were playing the Tampa Bay Rays. As of today, it is unclear as to how long...
Via isportsweb.com
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

John Jaso chases bird out of infield (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso found himself in the unusual position of having to chase a bird out of the infield in order to take his at-bat during the first inning of Monday's game in Detroit. After Coco Crisp hit a double to lead off the game, a bird landed between home plate and the pitcher's mound. Jaso came out of the batter's box...
Via Holdout Sports
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A's catcher Jaso ready for spring training

John Jaso took the field with the rest of his Oakland Athletics teammates for their first full-squad workout of spring training on Thursday. He'd already taken a ball off his mask in spring training, an important hurdle for him to clear in his return to baseball. Jaso is coming back from a concussion that ultimately knocked him out for almost half of last season. A foul tip that...
Via Associated Press
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

A's, Jaso agree to $2.3 million, 1-year contract

Catcher John Jaso has agreed to a $2.3 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. Jaso gets a $500,000 raise under the deal announced Thursday. In addition, Jaso can earn $25,000 bonuses for 90 games started at catcher 450 plate appearances. His first season with the two-time defending AL West champion A's was cut short after he sustained a concussion when he took a...
Via Associated Press
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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