Jaso, who will become a free agent this offseason, said Sunday that he'll likely retire from professional baseball, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "Honestly, this is probably it for me, as far as baseball goes," Jaso said. "I don't know, I've played this game for a while, it's done a lot of great things for me, and I got to meet a lot of really cool people along the way. But I don't know, my mind is going elsewhere and everything like that. We'll see. I mean I can't say anything for sure. I can't really tell you what the future holds or whatever. But if I left now, it would be a really good feeling to leave right now, if I did. These last couple of years with the Pirates were good."
The 34-year-old indicated that rather than pursue a new contract this winter, he plans to travel to Puerto Rico and pitch in on the relief efforts for the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria. If this is it for Jaso, he'll wrap up a nine-year career that included stops in Tampa Bay, Seattle, Oakland and Pittsburgh, during which he slashed .258/.356/.407 across 808 games.
Jaso is out of Saturday's lineup against the Reds.
The Pirates don't really have an everyday right fielder at the moment, but Jaso qualifies as the primary option there with Gregory Polanco (hamstring) out. Jordan Luplow will get the start in right and hit seventh against Tyler Mahle.
Jaso went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs.
Jaso got his team on the board in the seventh inning with a solo homer off reliever Koji Uehera. It wasn't surprising to see the left-handed slugger do his damage against a righty, as 52 of his 54 career home runs have come when facing right-handed pitching. Expect Jaso to keep earning starts in right field against righties.
Jaso will start in right field and bat sixth Tuesday against the Cubs.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hasn't named a primary replacement in right field for the injured Gregory Polanco (hamstring) and Adam Frazier (hamstring), but it appears Jaso could be the leading candidate for regular starts at the position against right-handed pitching. He'll start in right for the third time in five games Tuesday after the righty-hitting Jose Osuna manned the position in the series opener Monday, when lefty Mike Montgomery took the hill for the Cubs.
Jaso launched a pinch-hit, two-run homer in a 3-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.
At-bats have become harder to come by for Jaso following the addition of Sean Rodriguez, as he's started only three times since July 16. That said, Jaso -- who recently snapped an 0-for-34 slide -- has collected four homers among his last 12 hits. He also leads Pittsburgh with three pinch-hit home runs.
Jaso is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Pirates haven't settled on a permanent replacement in right field with Gregory Polanco (hamstring) on the disabled list, but it seems Jaso has fallen behind recently recalled prospect Jordan Luplow in the pecking order for those duties. Jaso will hit the bench Sunday for the sixth time in seven games.
Jaso started Saturday night's game in right field in place of the injured Gregory Polanco, going 0-for-3 with a walk.
Jaso also replaced Polanco on Friday night when Polanco got hurt. He had started to get more time ahead of Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna when Starling Marte was still serving his suspension, but he's hitting just .222/.309/.407 on the season, so not exactly the production you'd hope for from a corner outfielder.
Jaso went 2-for-4 with his seventh homer Sunday against San Francisco.
He now has three home runs in his last 21 plate appearances. Since bottoming out at .111 in late April, Jaso is slashing .299/.373/.575 with seven homers in his last 142 plate appearances. He's likely overexposed as an everyday player, but Jaso is showing value on days he starts. His home run Sunday off reliever Steve Okert was just his second ever off a left-handed pitcher.
Jaso went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.
Jaso has posted sneaky numbers since mid-May with a 26-for-79 run at the dish, four homers, 15 RBI and nine runs. He's also improved his OPS from a dreadful .583 mark on May 17 to his current .777. Obviously, Jaso is best left to deep settings because he's only playing sparingly, but he's certainly trending in the right direction.
Jaso will start in right field and bat third Wednesday against the Brewers.
Jaso will enter the lineup for the first time in four games with Gregory Polanco taking a seat. Though he doesn't have a line on an everyday role with the Pirates at full strength at the corner infield and outfield spots, Jaso can still make for a decent low-cost DFS option when he's in the starting nine, particularly against right-handed pitching. He owns a career .273/.365/.430 slash line versus righties.
Jaso will start in left field and bat fourth Wednesday against the Rockies.
Fresh off hitting a clutch two-run home run in a pinch-hit role Tuesday, Jaso will rejoin the lineup for the first time in six games, in a prominent spot no less. It's not expected that Jaso will parlay Tuesday's heroics into regular playing time, but he could be a strong value play in DFS contests for the Wednesday slate.
Jaso belted a pinch-hit, two-run homer against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Since opening the season with a .111 batting average through April 28, Jaso is slashing .300/.388/.544 in his last 103 plate appearances. He's started only three games in June, however, a sign that he's likely better served in a limited capacity than as a starter.
Jaso went 2-for-2 with two RBI during Saturday's extra-innings win over the Mets.
Jaso entered in the ninth inning and drove in the game-tying run. He then singled in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in the game-winning score. It was a rare bright spot from the veteran, though. Jaso has settled into a utility role with the Pirates and sports a .210/.307/.370 slash line for the year. It's probably wise to aim higher in the majority of fantasy settings.
Jaso will start in right field and bat sixth Sunday against the Phillies.
With starts in right field in five of the Pirates' last six games, Jaso seems to have settled into the strong side of a platoon with Jose Osuna at the position. Gregory Polanco (hamstring) hasn't been given a timetable for a return just yet, so Jaso should see a steady diet of at-bats against right-handed pitching for another week or more.
Jaso is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers.
The timely hitting of rookie Jose Osuna, compounded with Jaso's .145 average, has seemed to cut into the lefty's playing time recently. Unless the veteran utility man improves at the dish, he could be in line for a more minimal role within the Pittsburgh lineup.
Jaso went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI during Saturday's win over the Marlins.
Despite receiving semi-regular playing time (45 plate appearances), Jaso's home run and two RBI against Miami were his first tallies in both columns. He's sporting a .128/.244/.231 slash line and is currently seeing more at-bats than he should because of Pittsburgh's injury woes and outfielder Starling Marte's suspension. From 2012 to 2016, Jaso posted a solid .368 on-base percentage with a .377 mark and .363 wOBA against right-handed hurlers. There's probably positive regression ahead, but Jaso is more of an NL-only option than a go-to starter in most mixed leagues. Still, don't overlook him as a potential low-price flier in daily contests when Pittsburgh faces a right-handed pitcher.
Jaso will bat sixth and start in right field Saturday against the Yankees.
He picked up his first two hits of the season Wednesday while starting in right field in St. Louis. Jaso is the only Pirates player to have faced New York starter Michael Pineda, going 2-for-2 against the righthander. He's played complete games in only two of Pittsburgh's first 16 games but could see more playing time in the wake of Starling Marte's 80-game suspension.
Jaso will bat sixth and make his first start in right field Wednesday against St. Louis.
He's hitless in 17 at-bats after a strong spring training, but is 4-for-9 with a homer and three RBI against Wednesday starter Michael Wacha. Jaso started seven games in the outfield for Tampa Bay in 2015.
Jaso will start at first base and bat fifth Friday against the Cubs, Adam Berry of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
After a strong spring training, Jaso has mostly been relegated to the bench. He has one hit in 10 at-bats, appearing primarily as a defensive replacement at first base for Josh Bell. He has two hits (both doubles) in seven career at-bats versus Friday starter Kyle Hendricks.
Jaso is starting at third base against the Rays on Tuesday, the first start at the position of his professional career, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Pirates are looking at alternative spots for Jaso this spring as he's getting squeezed out of playing time at first base by switch-hitter Josh Bell. With Jung Ho Kang unlikely to be available by Opening Day, the Pirates are looking for depth options at third base, which could make Jaso the primary backup to David Freese while Kang is on the shelf.
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