Pirates Plan to Make John Jaso More Versatile

By Jason Shetler

p/c: MLB.com

p/c: MLB.com

According to MLB.com Pirates beat reporter Adam Berry, the Pirates want John Jaso to work out at third base and the outfield during the winter. 

After non-tendering Pedro Alvarez last offseason, the Pirates replaced him with Jaso. Although Jaso was brought in to provide them better on base ability than Alvarez, he practically had no experience as a first baseman entering 2016. Much to the surprise of many, Jaso handled himself very well at first base this year, committing only five errors in 800 chances. 

Jaso’s role with the Pirates will be different in 2017, as he goes from left-handed first base platoon to utility man. During his entire professional career, he’s never played third base, and I can’t see him getting much playing time there with Jung-Ho Kang and a returning David Freese, unless an injury occurs to one of them. Jaso however has played some outfield, doing so with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. 






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