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Report: Jair Jurrjens signs with the Orioles

Jan 24, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that right-hander Jair Jurrjens has agreed to a one-year major league deal with the Orioles. He’ll receive a $1.5 million base salary and could max out at $4 million with incentives.

Jurrjens was connected to the Orioles last offseason in rumors involving a potential trade for center fielder Adam Jones, but his stock has cratered over the past year. The 26-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings with the Braves last season and spent a good chunk of the year in the minors. He became a free agent after he was non-tendered in late October.

Jurrjens showed some promise over his first two seasons in Atlanta, but knee problems and diminished velocity have contributed to his decline. He averaged just 88.6 mph on his fastball in 2012, down from 91.9 back in 2008. Still, at just 26 years old, the Orioles are hopeful he can turn things around.

The Orioles previously expressed interest in bringing back left-hander Joe Saunders, but the addition of Jurrjens likely signals that they have moved on.

  1. husky2score - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Alright, I see ya Dan, not a bad move. Just have to hope he gets back to his old self, that’s all.

    • alang3131982 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Remember when Braves thought a deal of predominantly Adan Jones for Jurrjens was unfair? That was silly.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Only guy with more Js in his name? joey jojo shabadoo jr.

    • number42is1 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      That’s just the worst name i ever heard Homer…

  3. dondada10 - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    This move has “Rick Peterson” written all over it.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Great, now we have 3 JJ’s: JJ Hardy, Jim Johnson, and Jair Jurrjens.

    I guess well have to redefine them as Gold Glove JJ, good JJ, and “called back to the minors again” JJ.

  5. chc4 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Sad to say but JJ is shot. Unless he goes the HGH route.

    • paperlions - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Feel free to explain how HGH would fix his problems, which seem to be a busted lower half.

      • cosanostra71 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        It will magically grow his knees back to full strength.

  6. sophiethegreatdane - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Low risk move with a potential high reward. I like it.

    Now go get a bat!

  7. dcbuff - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    championship!

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