Former Rays player, John Jaso, may be leaning towards hanging up his cleats and taking his life on the open seas in a sailboat.
According to Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, John Jaso told her that this was probably it as far as his baseball career goes. Jaso signed a two year deal with the Pirates during the 2015-2016 off-season and now at the age of 34, will be a free agent once again.
Jaso didn’t flat out say he was retiring. If the right situation arises, he could be back in some capacity next season.
I don't know, I've played this game for a while, it's done a lot of great things for me, and I got to meet a lot of really cool people along the way. But I don't know, my mind is going elsewhere and everything like that. We'll see. I mean I can't say anything for sure. I can't really tell you what the future holds or whatever. But if I left now, it would be a really good feeling to leave right now, if I did.
If his baseball career is indeed over, Jaso plans on traveling and living an anonymous life on his sailboat.
“Traveling, living simply, being anonymous, that sort of stuff. Really I just want to live a simple life. I have a sailboat, so I just want to sail away. If you live on a sailboat, it's really hard to live complicated. You have to keep things simple, so that's kind of my catalyst and everything, and my ride and my home.
Jaso was originally drafted by the Rays in the 12th round of the 2003 draft. He made his major league debut during the 2008 season and broke out in 2010 serving at the top of the lineup for the Division winning Rays. Following the 2011 season, the Rays traded Jaso to the Mariners, with whom he spent a spent year, before again being traded. This time, to the Athletics, where he played for two years, and then was flipped back to the Rays in January of 2015. After the year with the Rays, Jaso signed as a free agent with the Pirates.
Concussions would end his career behind the plate, leading to a transition to first base and the outfield. Over his nine years in the majors, Jaso accrued 9.3 fWAR with his best season coming in 2012 while with the Mariners. During his career, Jaso slashed .258/.356/.407 with 55 HR, good for a 115 wRC+ over 808 games.