The Oakland A’s have acquired 29-year old lefty swinging catcher John Jaso from the Mariners in a three team deal also involving the Washington Nationals. The A’s have sent 21-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Cole, 24-year old righty starter/reliever Blake Treinen and a player to be named later to the Nationals for Jaso. The Nationals dealt outfielder Mike Morse to the Nationals to complete this deal.
Jaso played in 108 games for the Mariners last year and he was 81 of 294 (.276 avg, .850 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Jaso has now played in 311 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 227 of 889 (.255 avg, .754 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 20 homers, 121 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Jaso played in 43 games (39 starts) behind the plate for the Mariners last year and he didn’t have any errors, but he did have five passed balls. He also threw out 6 of 33 (18.2%) base runners trying to steal on him last year and Mariners’ pitchers had a 3.41 ERA with him behind the dish. Jaso will platoon with Derek Norris behind the plate in 2013.
A.J. Cole came to the A’s in the big Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals last winter. Cole pitched in 27 games (all starts) in his only year with the A’s in A-ball and he was 6-10 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Blake Treinen pitched in 24 games (15 starts) in A-ball for the A’s last year and he was 7-7 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He pitched in 45 games (15 starts) in his two years in the minors for the A’s and he was 8-8 with 2 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The A’s gave up a lot of talent for a platoon catcher.