John Jaso injured his wrist on Opening Day last season and missed the next three months, but when he returned, he did what he does best by getting on base. The former catcher put up a .380 on-base percentage and flashed a little power with five home runs and 17 doubles in 185 at-bats. For the first time in his career, Jaso will not be catcher-eligible to begin the season, and given that he did not play the position at all in 2015, it's unlikely he will regain that status. The Pirates signed Jaso to be their starting first baseman, and at that position, he will only be relevant in deeper mixed leagues and NL-only formats.
Jaso signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pirates on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Jaso served mainly as a designated hitter for the Rays last season, but is expected to shift over to first base upon arriving in Pittsburgh. With just Mike Morse and Jason Rogers competing with him for playing time, the veteran appears to be the early favorite for everyday duties at the position.
Rays designated hitter John Jaso is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports. Jaso, who served as the Rays' designated hitter for the previous four games, will get the day off with lefty Wei-Yin Chen twirling for the Orioles. The Rays will deploy Evan Longoria at the DH spot.
With the Rays set to face a left-hander on Wednesday, John Jaso finds himself on the bench for the series-finale against the Phillies. Jaso had started 11 of 13 games since returing from a two-month stay on the disabled list. He's batting .359 with a homer and four RBI in those 13 games. Joey Butler will take over in left field and bat fifth with Jaso out of the lineup on Wednesday.
With the Rays dealing with an interleague series against the Phillies, normal designated hitter John Jaso will play left field while remaining in the leadoff position. Since returning to the lineup on July 7 after missing most of the season with a wrist injury, the Rays have played Jaso in the field only one other time, in left. Jaso is hitting .343 in 12 games this season.
Rays designated John Jaso hit his first home run of the season during Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Royals. Jaso hit the solo shot off Edinson Volquez in the third inning of the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He finished the game 2 for 3 with one walk after having a pinch-hit single in the opener of the doubleheader. Tuesday's nightcap was his first start suffering a wrist injury on Opening Day.