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.