Jakubauskas waived, claimed by Pirates

Right-handed reliever Chris Jakubauskas received a phone call today that shocked the dickens out of him.

It was from the Mariners, who informed him that he had placed on waivers and claimed by the Pirates.

Major League teams faced a 9 o’clock (PT) deadline for setting their 40-man roster heading into the Winter Meetings next month and Jakubauskas was not on it.

He was told that it was unfortunate, but to protect another player, he had to be put on waivers.

“The game is what it is,” Jak said. “It’s a numbers game and my number is one that didn’t get called. It was kind of shocking. I didn’t see it coming. I guess bittersweet is the best way to describe it. I still have a job, but it’s tough when you develop so many friendships with another team and then have to leave.”

Jakubauskas, a product of Independent Leagues, reported to Spring Training last February as a non-roster invitee and a tiny chance of earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. But he kept getting hitters out and landed a spot on the 25-man roster. He spent most of the season with Seattle, posting a 6-7 record and 5.32 ERA in 35 appearances, including eight starts.

His knowledge of Pittsburgh and the Pirates is limited, so Jakubauskas said he already has placed a call to former Buc shortstop Jack Wilson to get some information.

“It’s kind of an interesting way to start a weekend,” he added.

The Mariners will announce later today the updated version of the 40-man roster.

— Jim Street

One comment

  1. cookandsonbats

    Jim, this is really unfortunate. It was great watching Jak in the bullpen this season. My son and I went to about 15 M’s games at Safeco and back east in 2009. We usually sat by the M’s bullpen. Jak was a major positive influence out there. He was always in the middle of the fun and bonding that made the 2009 M’s bullpen a great unit. He’ll be missed.

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