The Tampa Bay Rays announced tonight that they have traded John Jaso to the Seattle Mariners for Josh Lueke. In addition, the Rays will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.

In 2011, Lueke, a right-handed relief pitcher, split the season between triple-A and the majors. With Seattle, Lueke had a 6.06 ERA in 32.2 innings with 29 strikeouts and 13 walks. His 3.24 FIP indicates that he pitched much better than his ERA suggests.

Jaso struggled both offensively (.224 with 5 home runs) and defensively in 2011. He and Jose Lobaton are both out of minor league options. And with the Rays expected to sign Jose Molina, somebody had to be traded.

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  1. Marc says:

    Good to know that he pitched against the Rangers that game ;)

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  2. Caity says:

    Apparently Lueke's a rapist too:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2012784518_lueke02.html

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  3. Andy says:

    Sad to hear Hottie Jaso is gone :(( Much worse to learn about Lueke's criminal past!!! WTF??!!! Is this the best we could get for a kid who showed a lot of talent in 2010? Wonder if the Rays are gonna claim ignorance of the rape like the M's did :( Love how he claims he's a 'good person' despite the lies as well as the charges :((

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