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First Mariners trade nets a reserve catcher

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm with 7 Comments »
November 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Josh Lueke

In what may be indicative of the Seattle Mariners off-season intention to get better in many areas, the team traded reliever Josh Lueke to the Tampa Bay Rays today for left-handed hitting catcher John Jaso.

“John gives us a left-handed hitting catcher with some big league time who is still young,”  general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “His left-handed bat will be a nice compliment to our right-handed hitting group. He’s a tough kid with post-season experience and should be a nice fit with us.”

 Jaso, 28, appeared in 89 games with the Rays in 2011, collecting 15 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 27 RBI in 246 at-bats with a .224 average.

Lueke, 26, appeared in 25 games with Seattle last season, his first in the Majors. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 6.06  earned run average and struck out 29 in 32.2 innings pitched while allowing 13 walks.

Jaso gives the Mariners a viable option for resting incumbent catcher Miguel Olivo against the toughest right-handed pitchers, assuming he makes the team. It may also signal that someone like Adam Moore could be dangled in a trade package.

Lueke was obtained in the 2010 Cliff Lee trade with Texas, along with Blake Beavan and Justin Smoak.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. wabubba67 says:

    There’s a little bit of a stench attached to this trade emanating from Armstrong’s office. Guessing he probably told Z that Luecke had to go in a trade this off-season or he would be released before the season started, so get what you can for him.

    Too bad. Luecke has a power arm and could, one day, become a reliable set up man or possible closer. Just as importantly, he seemed intent on embracing the opportunity to gradually atone for a horrible error in judgment when he was much younger.

    At 28, Jesso is already approaching the downside of his career physically. .224 BA with very little power.

  2. catching is good.

  3. arcticice05 says:

    you spelled his last name wrong. Jaso

  4. I lean towards agreeing with wabubba67 on this one.

  5. There’s more to it. While I doubt this will be an important trade in any manner (stats wise Josh Bard is better anyway), the following is from Yahoo,

    “The Mariners brought in left-handed-hitting John Jaso(notes) in exchange for pitcher Josh Lueke(notes) and a player to be named or cash considerations.”

    Note the last part of the previous sentence.

  6. Larry Larue says:

    geez – good catch. i was at seahawks game, doing sidebar. doh!

  7. WTraveler says:

    ” …should be a nice fit for us.”

    Yeah a below average player with a bunch of other below average players.

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