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Pirates sign John Jaso to 2-year, $8 million deal

Jaso will likely serve as a left-handed hitting first base option for the Bucs.

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The Pirates have signed John Jaso to a 2-year, $8 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Jaso will likely see significant time at first base for Pittsburgh.

Jaso, 32, has experience at catcher, first base and both corner outfield spots, but will likely serve as the left-handed hitting half of a first-base platoon for Pittsburgh. The team has Mike Morse, Jason Rogers and Sean Rodriguez in the mix as right-handed options at the position, with recent signee Jake Goebbert serving as another left-handed option.

Jaso spent last season with the Rays, hitting .286/.380/.459 with five homers and 22 RBI in 70 games. He has spent his entire career in the American League, hitting a lifetime .263/.361/.406 in seven major-league seasons with the Rays (2008-11, 2015), Mariners (2012) and Athletics (2013-14).

With Jaso signed, the Pirates are likely done making moves to replace Pedro Alvarez, who they non-tendered at the beginning of the month. Pittsburgh has been linked to Mitch Moreland in trade talks with Texas, though it appears that is no longer a match.