The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter John Jaso, 32, to a two year, $8 million dollar contract on Wednesday.
Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the news report on Wednesday. Jaso became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 baseball season.
Jaso as a free agent was able to find employment with the Pirates who needed a first baseman to replace Pedro Alvarez who became a free agent on December 3, 2015 when he refused to sign a contract to return to the team in 2016.
Jaso will be joining a Pirates team that has qualified for the playoffs in the National League as a wild card entry for the last three straight seasons.
Jaso has played as an outfielder, catcher and designated hitter during most of his career in the Major Leagues since he made his debut in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
Jaso has played in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008, 2010-2011, 2015, the Seattle Mariners in 2012, the Oakland Athletics from 2013-2014.
Jaso was traded by the Athletics to the Rays along with shortstop Daniel Robertson and minor league outfielder Herschel “Boog” Powell to the Rays in exchange for infielders Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist.
Jaso was only to play 70 games for the Rays in 2015 due to a left wrist contusion that placed on the disabled list on April 9, 2015.
Jaso suffered an injury to his left wrist when he slid into a base on April 6, 2015 during a baseball game versus the Baltimore Orioles.
Jaso was able to return to the Rays starting lineup on July 9, 2015 after he recovered from the injury to his left wrist that sidelined for three months in 2015.
Jaso will be sharing first base duties with Mike Morse during the 2016 regular baseball season. The addition of Jaso in the Pirates starting lineup should increase their chances of making another playoff run next year.