A’s avoid arbitration with Jaso, Smith

The Oakland Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with new
catcher John Jaso and outfielder Seth Smith, avoiding salary
arbitration with both players.

The team announced the deals Thursday, one day after Jaso was
acquired from Seattle in a three-team trade that also included the
Washington Nationals.

Jaso gets $1.8 million after hitting .276 with 10 homers and 50
RBIs in 108 games with the Mariners last season, when he earned
$495,200. He had a .394 on-base percentage and batted .378 with
runners in scoring position.

Smith’s deal is for $3,675,000. He batted .240 with 14 home runs
and 52 RBIs for the AL West champions last year, when he made
$2,415,000.

The A’s have two players left in arbitration: reliever Jerry
Blevins and first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss.