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5 John Jaso C
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 9/19/1983 | Birthplace: Chula Vista, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Oakland | College: Southwestern (Tex.) | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 36/28 | Average Draft Position: 266.52
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John Jaso plates four runs in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso made his presence felt at the dish on Sunday, driving in four runs in his team's 11-1 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore.

Jaso doubled in two runs in the third, singled in a run in the fourth and drove in one more on a ground out in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 6 with a run scored and four RBI. He is hitting .294 with six homers and 19 RBI in 143 at-bats.

John Jaso goes yard Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso belted his sixth home run Thursday against the Yankees.

Jaso provided the only run of the game for Oakland. In the first inning, he took a 90 mph sinker from Masahiro Tanaka, and deposited it in the right field seats. Jaso would also single during the contest. He finished the game 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. He raised his average to .293 with the performance. 


John Jaso filling platoon role productively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Athletics catcher/designated hitter John Jaso has been getting frequent days off, but he has certainly made the most of those limited opportunities.

Jaso has played almost exclusively against right-handers - he has just 12 at-bats this season against lefties. But a current 0-for-7 slide has served only to weaken a still-strong stat line of .287/.384/.465. Jaso, who had eight hits in his previous 17 at-bats, has five home runs, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored in just 129 at-bats on the year. He has also shown a good eye with 18 walks.


John Jaso homers in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso hit a home run in his return to the team's starting lineup Tuesday.

Jaso reached in all three of his plate appearances. He walked his first time up, was hit by a pitch his second time up and swatted a home run his third time up. Jaso hit a two-run shot off Max Scherzer in the bottom of the fourth. He was pulled for Derek Norris before his next at-bat.

Jaso finished 1 for 1, with one run scored and two RBI. 


John Jaso returns to lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso (back) returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, marking his first start since last Thursday.

John Jaso expected to start Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he hopes to start catcher John Jaso (back) Tuesday against the Tigers, reports Comcast Sports Net. Jaso is available to catch Monday if needed, but is not 100 percent, Melvin said.

John Jaso, Nick Punto not in lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso (back) and second baseman Nick Punto (calf) were not in Monday's lineup against the Tigers, but they were listed as available to play.

John Jaso, Nick Punto not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso and infielder Nick Punto remain out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

Jaso was expected to miss Sunday's game, and he hasn't played since Thursday while dealing with a back issue. The team is targeting a Monday return for the catcher. Punto remains day to day with a calf injury.


John Jaso remains out; Monday return likely


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) A back issue has Athletics catcher John Jaso sidelined Saturday. He will also be out Sunday against Toronto lefty J.A. Happ - Jaso is just 1 for 9 against southpaws this season.

The team is targeting a Monday return for him.


John Jaso sits out series opener vs. Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Athletics designated hitter John Jaso was held out of the starting lineup Friday against Toronto, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jaso is dealing with tightness after playing the last three games on artificial grass.

Jaso is hitting .284/.373/.468 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 109 at-bats.

John Jaso homers in loss to White Sox Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Athletics designated hitter John Jaso went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the White Sox Wednesday.

Jaso led off the bottom of the first inning with his fourth home run of the season, and a walk later in the game made it the fifth straight time he's gotten on base multiple times. He's flashed power during that stretch, hitting homers in three of his last four games. Jaso has hit .307/.398/.511 with four home runs and nine RBI in 88 at-bats.


John Jaso homers, hits walkoff double in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso had a busy night Saturday, going 3 for 5 with a solo home run, two runs and a walkoff RBI double to give his team a 4-3 win over the Nationals in 10 innings.

Jaso hit a solo home run in the third inning before scoring the first of two Oakland runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extras. He then finished things off with a two-out double. Jaso has hit .288/.383/.463 with three home runs and eight RBI in 80 at-bats.


A's manager not ready to stray from catcher platoon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Athletics catcher Derek Norris has been on a roll offensively, producing four straight multi-hit games and batting .481 (13 for 27) with five doubles and seven RBI in his last nine games.

However, despite his recent success, it doesn't appear manager Bob Melvin is going to stray too far from his platoon of John Jaso and Norris behind the plate. Jaso usually starts when a right-hander is on the hill and Norris when a lefty starts.

"We do it a certain way here. But he’s doing very well," manager Bob Melvin said of Norris, per InsideBayArea.com. "You’ve seen he’s started some games against some right-handers and had some big at-bats against right-handers.

"The better you do, the more reps you’ll get. We’re going to see a bunch of left-handers coming up."


John Jaso hits key home run in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso smacked a pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning of his team's 3-2 win over the Angels Monday.

Jaso came up with a man on and one out with his team down one run and played the hero, launching his first homer of the season on the fifth pitch he saw. He has hit .308/.379/.500 in 26 at-bats.


John Jaso to serve as regular catcher vs. righties


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso will serve as the team's regular catcher in lineups against right-handers, MLB.com reports.

There was concern that Jaso would have to play designated hitter after dealing with concussion issues last season. However, he caught his second straight game Monday and is poised to resume his regular catching duties this season.


John Jaso gets back to action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso returned to action Saturday against the Rangers, after being held out for a few days with an elbow injury. Though he did not start the game, he was able to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter, striking out in his lone plate appearances.

Jaso will likely return to catching in the next few days, as this injury is considered a minor one.  


John Jaso to be held out until Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso will be held out until Saturday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Jaso was hit on the elbow during Wednesday's game, but it's not considered serious. He'll miss Thursday and Friday, but return for the weekend. Jaso hit .271/.387/.372 in 207 at-bats last year.


John Jaso leaves game after HBP, but should be fine


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso was removed early from the exhibition opener Wednesday after taking a pitch off the elbow. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, however, that he's certain it will heal quickly.

John Jaso starting Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso will get the start during the team's first spring training game Wednesday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

It's the first time Jaso will start a game since July 24. Jaso dealt with concussion issues last season, which limited him to just 207 at-bats. "I’m excited to put on the gear & call some pitches," Jaso said.

Last season, he hit .271/.387/.372 in 207 at-bats.


John Jaso over concussion issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso is over his concussion issues from last season, according to MLB.com.

Jaso was recently cleared by the team doctor after he was able to participate in a normal offseason program. Jaso was able to catch a few bullpen sessions without any issues. Jaso said he was careful enough with the injury last season, and isn't concerned about being at a higher risk for another concussion. "[Dr. Collins] was telling me I'm basically going to be back to where I was before the concussion," Jaso said.

The team already has a number of catchers competing to make the opening day roster, but Jaso doesn't care where he plays. "I would like to catch, but I just like being on the 25-man roster more," he added. Jaso hit .271/.387/.372 in 207 at-bats last season. 


Athletics' catcher situation could create a win-win scenario


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1/27/2014) When the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that Stephen Vogt and Derek Norris will likely platoon at catcher this season for the Athletics, leaving John Jaso to serve frequently as the designated hitter, the news hardly set the Fantasy world on fire. While Jaso's shift away from catching won't have an impact in shallower leagues, it's a noteworthy development for some standard mixed league owners and all deep league owners.

Jaso, who was out due to a concussion from late July through the postseason in 2013, should play more often and be less vulnerable to injury as a DH, and the extra plate appearances catapult him into relevance in two-catcher mixed leagues. As a left-handed hitter, Vogt is expected to assume the larger role in the catching platoon with Norris, and he has enough power to be worth a pick or a few dollars in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats. His limited upside in terms of batting average and on-base percentage does keep him from mattering in standard and shallow mixed leagues.

Norris will fill a similar role to the one he had over the second half of last season, so of the A's catching trio, he is the only one who doesn't stand to gain much Fantasy value. Owners can relegate him to AL-only leagues.


Athletics, John Jaso avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Athletics have reached an agreement with catcher John Jaso, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the deal have not been released at this time. Jaso hit .271/.387/.372 in 207 at-bats last season.


A's tender contracts to nine arbitration-eligible players


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Athletics opted not to let go of nine arbitration-eligible players, as they tendered contracts to them all prior to Monday's deadline. The players are: catcher John Jason, infielders Daric Barton, Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie, outfielders Josh Reddick and Seth Smith, and pitchers Jerry Blevins, Jesse Chavez and Fernando Rodriguez.

The team has already reached a one-year contract with Rodriguez, though details have not been announced by the team. They will likely continue to negotiate with the other players prior to arbitration hearings. 


John Jaso to see concussion specialist


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Athletics catcher John Jaso, who has been out with a concussion and couldn't return as the A's were eliminted in the American League Division Series by the Tigers, is expected to see a specialist in hopes to be cleared to catch in 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

Jaso could not return after late July due to his concussion symptoms. He's headed to Pittsburgh to consult with specialist Dr. Micky Collins. They will determine the best course of action going forward. 

Jaso is expected to be ready for spring training after hitting .271 with three homers and 21 RBI over 70 games this year. 


John Jaso could be ready for possible ALCS


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) The Bay Area News Group reports that John Jaso may be able to return to game action in time for the American League Championship Series, should the Athletics advance that far. Jaso has not played since July 24 due to concussion symptoms, but he has recently been getting at-bats in the Arizona instructional league.

Should Jaso be healthy enough to play in a potential ALCS, he would probably not catch but rather serve as a designated or pinch hitter.