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Orioles sign right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract

Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

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Jair Jurrjens agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Orioles last month, but an official announcement was delayed after he took a pre-signing physical. Apparently the Orioles saw something they were concerned about, as the club just announced that the deal has been adjusted to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.

Jurrjens really struggled with the Braves last season, posting a 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over just 48 1/3 innings. His velocity has slipped in recent years, which could be related to his lingering knee issues. Seeing how the terms of his deal with the Orioles have changed, it’s clear that those concerns aren’t in the rear view mirror.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    C’mon, O’s. What are you doing? I was hoping you’d build on the momentum from last year. I guess mgmt decided to hold instead.

  2. beachnbaseball - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    The Braves have an astute sense of when to move a player who is in decline.

    The Orioles prefer dumpster diving, shopping in the clearance aisle and hoping they can catch the lightning in a bottle 2 years in a row. Things will be back to normal in Baltimore this coming season.

  3. rockthered1286 - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Everyone continues to dump on Baltimore baseball simply because they didn’t make any big moves. And I was one of them, but after sitting back and looking at the big picture? I’m beyond glad we didn’t make any blockbuster moves. 3 reasons:
    #1- the FA pool wasn’t exactly stellar. There were a ton of pitchers, sure. But with a rotation featuring Hammel, Chen, Gonzalez and Tillman, followed by a ton of fringe talent guys AND the possibility of seeing Gausman or Bundy jump up? Why go blow a ton of money on chasing down a Grienke or Loshe and giving up a 1st rd pick in the process? Better to run with your current rotation. And same goes for position players. It was maybe 2 or 3 big names that would’ve cost you a 1st rd pick. Not worth it.
    #2- Every possible trade to improve the few weak spots required moving Bundy or Gausman. Sorry folks- you don’t trade away either of your 2 top prospect pitchers who will be in the bigs by the end of the year unless you are getting an equally young talented guy in return. Example- Mets wanted Bundy for Dickey. Laughable. Zona wanted 3 of our top 5 prospects for Upton. No way. Basically every scenario involved us mortgaging the future for this season and 1 trade wouldn’t put us over the top. Not worth giving up huge (cheap) potential for vets with big contracts.
    #3- think about the potential. That’s what the Jays are doing- they will have a stellar team IF Dickey continues last years success and IF Reyes returns to form and IF Johnson and Buerhle can stay healthy and dominant. In Baltimore- IF Reimold stays healthy as a DH and continues to be a huge power bat? IF Roberts comes back healthy and plays a full season? IF this rotation continues last years success? This can again be a great team. Add in a full season for Machado, Markakis, McLouth, Gonzalez, Tillman, Patton… That can be scary for opponents.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      I’m still hoping you make a good trade or two. I liked the O’s fight last year and want them in the mix! I know you’ve got some big talent ready to break through, so I’m eagerly optimistic. I’m totally happy you didn’t trade away your strengths…I was just hoping for a couple solid supplements as well.

    • beachnbaseball - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      The Orioles didn’t improve. They can’t hope to replicate last year with what they have right now in ST. At some point you have to roll the dice and give up as prospect.

      Do you really expect another season like last year with regards to the one run games record 29-9 or extra innings games record of 16-2? And I wish Roberts well but I expect very little out of him. He’ll be an observer. Reimold’s neck needs a good workout to see if he’s at 100%. He hasn’t shown that he can stay healthy. In his last 3 seasons he’s played in 39, 87 and 16 games.

      Baltimore will regress in 2013 and they had an opportunity to build on 2012 but they chose to stand pat.

      • bmorelikeme - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Yes the orioles are primed for a regression in one run games and extras, but some of that will be accounted for with natural growth from their core players. Majority of the team in or entering their prime years. People seem to not realize that the 2012 orioles were a really good team after calling up machado to play 3rd base. Rockthered is correct that try need to stick to the plan and let this team grow together over the next few seasons. Potentially only signing a big FA if the fit is perfect. I don’t necessarily think they will contend for the World Series this year, but the future is bright in Charm city.

      • rockthered1286 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        @bmorelikeme is spot on. People will look at the O’s record, see a ton of 1-run games and say “no way they do it again.” But what they fail to realize is the lineup for opening day 2013 is in no way close to resembling the team we had on the field for the better part of 2012. This year will open with 3 of last years starting pitchers (Matusz, Arrieta, Hunter) in the pen, and replaced by full seasons of Gonzo,Tillman, and possibly Britton or Patton. Last year featured Mark Reynolds at 3B for the better part of the 1st half of the season. That cornered will now be taken over by a full season of Machado. 1B finalyl solidified by Davis instead of a 7-man platoon like we had in 2012. A full season of McLouth in LF, who didn’t jump into the mix until late June last year. HOPEFULLY a full season with Reimold at DH instead of another platoon scenario. And best of all- a healthy B-Rob at second (this morning they’re discussing expectations of 100+ games from him in 2013) as opposed to a career back-up in Andino, accompanied by utilitymen in Quintanilla and Flaherty filling the spot.

        When it comes down to it, the O’s of 2013 may not be much different from the O’s that ended 2012, but they are nowhere close to the O’s that played in the first half of 2012. If they can play up to their potential, this is still a very scary team. But as always in Baltimore- we appreciate the underdog status!

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Signing him to a minor league deal with an invite is pretty low risk. He could have a real upside if he can find his old form. Good luck to him in Baltimore.

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