Chris Jakubauskas, whose story of moving from independent ball to the majors was one of the captivating tales of 2009, has been claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a Pirates’ press release.
Jakubauskas, 30, appeared in 35 games for the Mariners — including eight starts — and went 6-7 with a 5.32 earned-run-average. Pitcher Jeff Karstens was designated for assignment by the Pirates to clear roster space.
(Geoff Baker has some quotes from Jakubauskas on his latest blog post, in which he analyzes a potential Mariner-Tiger trade.)
Today is the day for team’s to set their 40-man rosters, and Jakubauskas obviously was not included on Seattle’s. The Mariners are expected to release their revamped 40-man roster later today.
The Mariners also lost Robert Manuel, a right-handed pitcher they acquired from Cincinnati in the Wladimir Balentien trade. Manuel was claimed by the Red Sox. He appeared in three games with the Reds and didn’t give up any runs in 4 1/3 innings. He pitched for Tacoma when he joined Seattle and had a 3.32 ERA in 15 games with four saves.
Elsewhere, it looks like Omar Vizquel, the pride of Issaquah, is headed for the Chicago White Sox. It makes sense. Omar and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, fellow Venezuelan shortstops, have a relationship that goes way back.
Another ex-Mariner, Jorge Campillo, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals. Campillo once looked like he was headed to pretty good things with the Braves until shoulder problems derailed his career.
Speaking of derailed careers, the Brewers are looking at John Halama. Since leaving the Mariners after the 2002 season, Halama has pitched in the Oakland, Tampa Bay, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland and Atlanta organizations