John Jaso is from northern California, so you can imagine he is pretty excited about being traded to the Seattle Mariners, telling Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times that he is “very excited about that.” He also explained why he struggled so much in 2011…

“I think it was a little bit of second year stuff…Defensively, I had a little bit of a groin issue and then my oblique injury. I definitely played through my oblique for a while and it kind of hurt my play…I ran into some pretty bad streaks there for a while. I was connecting with some balls and they weren’t falling.”

We don’t think the Rays were ever concerned that Jaso couldn’t hit. He is obviously a better hitter than he showed in 2011. But the difficulty with Jaso is that his defense is not good enough to justify his spot in the lineup when he is struggling or is not 100 percent healthy.



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