According to multiple reports, the A’s on Wednesday acquired catcher John Jaso from the Mariners in a three-team swap.
The A’s send two prospects— right-handers A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen—and a player to be named later to the Washington Nationals, who send first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse to Seattle.
To make room for Jaso on the 40-man roster, catcher George Kottaras, whom the A’s re-signed just two days ago, was designated for assignment.
This news has left at least one member of the local media a little dismayed with the departure of Kottaras:
#Athletics also designate George Kottaras for assignment. Will miss Kottaras’ leopard-skin briefs worn during division-clinching party..
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) January 17, 2013
Jaso is considered an upgrade at catcher for the A’s. He hit .276/.394/.456 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI last season for the Mariners. (Fun fact: Jaso caught Felix Hernandez’s perfect game last season). He is expected to split time behind the plate in a platoon role with Derek Norris.
Cole, 21, was originally in Nationals’ farm system but came to the A’s in the Gio Gonzalez trade last offseason. He was considered one of the A’s top prospects but was 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA last season in Class-A Stockton.
Here are a few other odds and ends from the media:
Beane was happy with Norris/Kottaras tandem and wasn’t ever looking to upgrade at catcher – “Only if it was Jaso,” he said.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) January 17, 2013
I’m told John Jaso is something of a “free spirit – a perfect fit for that team.” That does sound like he’d fit in w/ #Athletics clubhouse.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 17, 2013
Jaso looks like a solid platoon candidate. vs. R/L — PA: 308/53, HR: 10/0, RBI: 47/3, BB: 50/6, BA: .302/.119, OBP: .419/.250#Athletics
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 17, 2013