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Jair Jurrjens agrees to deal with Orioles


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Jurrjens was once one of the most impressive young pitchers in baseball, winning 13 or more games in three of four seasons between 2008 and 2011.

Also, although it has come in a relatively small sample size, Jurrjens has proven that he can pitch in the AL. In nine interleague starts, he has gone 4-1 with a microscopic 1.32 ERA. Perhaps even more impressive are the two home runs he has allowed in 61.1 innings against AL teams.

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The one thing I will say...Braves usually don't miss on pitching talent. Lets hope that streak ends with this signing.

Jurrjens went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011. However, in 2012, Jurrjens finished his season with the Braves with a record of 3-4 and a 6.89 ERA. He only pitched in 11 games. In 14 starts at Triple-A in 2012, Jurrjens didn't fare much better. He went 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA.

Jurrjens hit the DL in early August with a strained groin. However, he was already struggling leading up to that point. Jurrjens did not re-join the club after the injury. He was already 3-4 with the 6.89 ERA by the time he was injured. He had already been demoted from the rotation, and he had already spent time in Triple-A. The injury simply served to re-enforce the Braves' decision not to add him back to the starting rotation.

http://www.mlbinjurynews.com/2012/12/braves-non-tender-injury-plagued-jair-jurrjens.html

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Brett Hollander Brett Hollander ‏@BrettHollander

I actually like Jurrjens as a low risk w/potential upside. I just don't get hyping young arms & then not giving them a shot to make club...

I agree with Brett maybe a trade is coming soon.

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Brett Hollander Brett Hollander ‏@BrettHollander

I actually like Jurrjens as a low risk w/potential upside. I just don't get hyping young arms & then not giving them a shot to make club...

I agree with Brett maybe a trade is coming soon.

And that would be a righthander without options.

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Brett Hollander Brett Hollander ‏@BrettHollander

I actually like Jurrjens as a low risk w/potential upside. I just don't get hyping young arms & then not giving them a shot to make club...

I agree with Brett maybe a trade is coming soon.

Who says Jurrjens makes the club?

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Brett Hollander Brett Hollander ‏@BrettHollander

I actually like Jurrjens as a low risk w/potential upside. I just don't get hyping young arms & then not giving them a shot to make club...

I agree with Brett maybe a trade is coming soon.

I don't think the $1.5M gives Jurrjens that much of a leg up over any other pitcher if he is outperformed by other starters in spring training. I don't think anyone would be surprised to see Jurrjens see some time in AAA this year. Just because the Orioles signed him to a Major League deal doesn't mean he can't be optioned. Last year was his only option year, so he could bounce back and forth.

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