A’s Avoid Arbitration With Jaso, Smith

7:46pm: Jaso's deal is worth $1.8MM, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter).

6:24pm: The A’s announced that they have agreed to terms with catcher John Jaso and outfielder Seth Smith on one-year contracts for the 2013 season.  Terms of the deals are not yet known.  Jaso is a client of ACES while Smith is represented by Aegis Sports Management.

Oakland acquired Jaso just yesterday from the Mariners in the three-team deal that sent Mike Morse to Seattle.  The 29-year-old, who is first-time arbitration eligible this winter, is under team control through the 2015 season.  Jaso hit .276/.394/.456 in 108 games last season, his best offensive campaign to date.

Smith, 30, has a career .267/.345/.470 slash line across six big league seasons.  The A's acquired Smith from the Rockies for Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman on Wednesday.  Smith, who will hit the open market after the 2014 season, earned $2.4MM from Colorado last season.

As MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows, the A's have two arbitration eligible players left in Jerry Blevins and Brandon Moss.


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