New Catcher In Town
M’s fans rejoice. We have a guy who can possibly replace Miquel Olivo.
Jaso, 28, has hit .245 with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs in 595 at-bats over three seasons with the Rays.
1 year after finishing fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, Jaso batted just .224/.298/.354 over 273 plate appearances for the Rays.
The 28-year-old will most likely start by backing up Miguel Olivo in Seattle.
“John gives us a left-handed hitting catcher with some big league time who is still young,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “His left-handed bat will be a nice compliment to our right-handed hitting group. He’s a tough kid with postseason experience and should be a nice fit with us.”
Josh Lueke, 26, was acquired from the Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal in July of 2010. He appeared in 25 games as a rookie last season, going 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA in 32 2/3 innings.