Tampa Bay acquires RHP Lueke from Seattle

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-hander Josh Lueke and a

player to be named or cash from the Seattle Mariners for catcher

John Jaso.

The trade was announced on Sunday.

Lueke made the Mariners opening-day roster last season, but was

optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in April after allowing 12 runs over 6

1-3 innings in eight appearances. He rejoined the Mariners in July

and in 25 games overall had a 1-1 record with a 6.06 ERA.

”Josh has the stuff to get hitters out in the American League

East and began to show that during the second half of last

season,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations

Andrew Friedman said. ”We believe he can be an important part of

our success here for many years.”

Jaso batted .224 in 2011 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 89

games.