Today, The Pittsburgh Pirates filled a hole at first base by signing John Jaso. Jaso will receive a 2 year deal worth $8 mil, according to Joel Sherman.
First off, I was real happy when Jaso arrived back in Tampa, but overall it was a disappointing season for him, due to the fact that he missed half of the season to a thumb/hand injury by diving into second base on opening day against the Orioles in the first inning. When the Rays lost Jaso for the first half it killed the offense, but when he came back it proved to be the bat the Rays needed, but at that time the Rays were struggling to get over the hump to overtake the AL East.
Next, the 32 year old finished the 2015 campaign by only playing in 70 games with a stat line of .286/.380/.459/.839 with 5 homers and 22 RBIs.
Now, Jaso will play first base, but bat against right handed pitching and let Mike Morse hit against left handed pitching. Jaso will be a last resort catcher if Cervelli, Stewart, or Diaz go down with injuries. Jaso rarely catches anymore due to his past track record of concussions from foul tips (hits catcher in head). Now, Sean Rodriguez will be more used around the infield and outfield with Jaso being a limited defender.
Finally, this is a solid pickup for the Pirates for the fact that Jaso brings a discipline approach to the plate and pure contact. Also, I thought Jaso would of signed with a American League team to remain a designated hitter.
Note: Why is Neal Huntington is one of the better General Managers in the game today? Because he signs solid players that fits the team and their needs for a fair, but cheap price. Jaso for $8 mil is a steal.