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Braves plan to non-tender Jair Jurrjens

Nov 29, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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Jair Jurrjens was a popular trade target exactly one year ago, but now he’s days away from hitting the free agent market.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Braves plan to non-tender Jurrjens before Friday’s deadline. It doesn’t come a big surprise, as he posted a 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings at the major league level this season and is set to get a raise from his $5.5 million salary in arbitration. It’s unlikely the Braves will be able to find any trade interest before Friday’s 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline.

Jurrjens has dealt with knee issues over the past couple of years and his velocity has declined right along with it, but there will likely be plenty of teams lining up for the possibility of a rebound. The Curacao native doesn’t turn 27 years old until January.

  1. chc4 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    In what sort of bizarro world/parallel universe does someone with a 6.89 ERA and 19Ks in 48 IPs earn a raise from $5.5 million?

    • Joe - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      I question the automatic assumption that someone is going to get a raise in arb. The Braves don’t have to offer a raise. In fact, they can offer as little as $4.4 million (20% pay cut). And it would be audacious for Jurrjens to submit for too mucy of a raise. The arbitrator could easily decide that stinky production isn’t worth more than $4.4 million.

      Now, you might very well say something like, “Jurrjens will make at least $4.4 million in arbitration, and the Braves think that is too much.”

  2. 13arod - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    cubs sign him plese

  3. tuberippin - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Worth a flier on a team like the Twins, Cubs, Astros, or others, imo. If he can get his stuff back, he is a damn solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. Then again, we’ve said similar things about Francisco Liriano for years.

    • Cris E - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Agreed on taking a flier: depending on those injuries he might be good again.

      But there’s a world of difference between a specific problem in the knee vs something squirrelly going on in the hat. You can usually tell if a physical malady can be overcome, but Liriano’s a bag of crazy. Notice that so far this winter the Twins are being polite and the White Sox are being quiet. They’ve worked with him and aren’t fighting to get him back. We’ll see if Atlanta might try to take back Jurrjens at some lower rate.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    how in the world is he due for a raise? I would REALLY REALLY love an answer from some one…all joking aside I mean someone Give me an actual answer…this guy was terrible last year but will make more them the 5.5 how exactly??? I imagined a pay cut not another few million Wtf

    • orangecisco - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Answer is simple, if he was a free agent how much would he make? Easily more than $5.5 mill. More like triple that. The market value would determine the raise.

  5. mrobinson14 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Tribe… That’s ur cue!!!

  6. blacksables - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Not to worry about Jair. He was a Brave. Dayton Moore has contracts waiting on every Braves player in their system, just waiting for them to be released so they can come to Kansas City.

  7. spol85 - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I would love to see the transcript of his arbitration hearing if he were to go. The argument his side put up for why he deserves a raise would be classic comedy.

    • orangecisco - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      It would go something like this: Scott freakin Feldman signed for $6 mill….

  8. edelmanfanclub - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Everyone usually gets a raise after each year of the arbitration process. Unless they come to a 1 year contract avoiding arbitration, In Jurrjens case the Braves just want to cut their losses because a offer for him is going to something like 70% decrease. I’m sure someone will give him a try on a minor league deal.

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