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UPDATE: The Reds may not be a match for Jurrjens

Dec 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

Jair Jurrjens AP

UPDATE: Or not. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the Reds do not appear to be seriously pursuing Jurrjens. Another issue is that the two sides don’t match up well for a deal. The Braves are said to be looking for a power-hitting outfielder in return while the Reds best trade chips — Yonder Alonso and Juan Francisco — don’t exactly fit the bill.

7:40 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Reds are “very interested” in a potential deal for Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens.

It’s not clear who the Braves would ask for in return, but they are in the process of gauging interest in an effort to clear salary to upgrade their lineup. As you may recall, Jurrjens was floated in a potential deal with the Royals last month.

Jurrjens earned $3.25 million in 2011 while posting a 2.96 ERA and 90/44 K/BB ratio over 152 innings. His salary could rise north of $5 million in his second year of arbitration.

While Heyman notes that 10 teams have expressed interest in Jurrjens, the potential return could be impacted by concerns about his troublesome right knee. The 25-year-old right-hander had arthroscopic surgery on the knee last October and was limited to just seven starts after the All-Star break this season due to a bone bruise.

  1. thegurubrave - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Thank you Frank! They could male a deal for Stubbs, Bruce, or Cozart. Maybe a Votto and cash for JJ, Freddie, and a AAA reliever?

  2. brucewaynewins - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Can’t tell if you’re trolling…

    • dondada10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      Me either. The second proposal isn’t too far-fetched as long as a “AAA reliever” is swapped for one of their big three MLB relievers.

  3. 2r2d - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    I really hope they don’t get Jair Jurrjens. He sucks in GABP

  4. cintiphil - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I hope this is just talk. I would hope the Reds would go after a guy without major health issues. We have enough sore arms and bad knees now.

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