Mariners Trade Josh Lueke to Rays for John Jaso

In doing so, the Mariners have made it clear that they will not stand for sexual assault of any kind, certainly not when their alleged rapists can’t even produce a league average ERA. When the fallout from last year’s trade revealed that the Mariners not only knew about Lueke’s assault but had pretended not to, scouting director Carmen Fusco was forced to take the fall. Now he’s the Rays problem.

If you think I’m being harsh on Lueke, who posted a 6.06 ERA in 32.2 innings, I promise you I’m not:

"Court documents show Lueke lied to police during the summer of 2008, saying he’d had no physical contact with the victim, who said she passed out drunk on a bathroom floor and woke up the next morning disheveled, feeling violated and not knowing what happened.

But DNA tests came back in March 2009, linking Lueke to semen found inside the woman. He was arrested April 29, 2009. That’s when he changed his story and said they’d had consensual sex.

Lueke said he was intimidated by questioning and lied out of fear that his girlfriend would find out.”

Lueke did post a surprising 8.0 K/9 and has the tools to be a force out of the bullpen, but while baseball’s history is full of unsavory individuals, the Mariners should come out on top of this trade for one simple reason that Keith Law pointed out

And that’s whether Jaso rebounds from a poor 2011 or not.

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