Minnesota Twins Place 2023 Breakout Pitcher On Waivers

The Minnesota Twins have made the decision to place pitcher Jay Jackson on waivers after a challenging 2024 season marked by significant struggles on the mound. 

Despite entering the year with high hopes, Jackson, primarily used as a relief pitcher, has struggled to replicate his past success. 

His ERA ballooned to 7.52 over 26 innings pitched, marred by difficulties in keeping opposing hitters at bay, especially evident in his vulnerability to home runs, having surrendered seven so far this season.

This move represents the second time this year that Jackson has been designated for assignment, underscoring the Twins' urgent need to address their bullpen concerns. 

Despite solid strikeout and walk rates, his inability to consistently prevent earned runs has been a persistent issue. Jackson's return to the majors after a stint in Triple-A St. Paul did not yield the expected turnaround, prompting today's decision by manager Rocco Baldelli to place him on waivers.

With the Twins' roster now at 39 players following Jackson's designation, the 36-year-old faces an uncertain future pending the waiver process. 

Should he clear waivers, he will have the option to accept an assignment to Triple-A or explore other opportunities within or outside the organization. 

The 36-year-old had a fantastic season last year with the Toronto Blue Jays, recording a stellar 2.12 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, along with 27 strikeouts across 29.2 innings and 25 appearances.

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