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The Reds sign Jair Jurrjens

May 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal.

Jurrjens, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, spent the 2013 season in the Tigers’ and Orioles’ systems, pitching a whopping seven and a third innings for the O’s in the bigs. He pitched fewer than 50 innings for the Braves in 2012. His last useful go in the bigs was 2011, when he posted a 2.96 ERA in 153 innings in Atlanta.

Reports have his velocity back up to 90, which is key, as a velocity drop and attendant injuries was the real culprit for his burnout a few years ago.

  1. metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    way to build the club walt! that’s it keep signing every player that was good at one point because they are sure to return to glory with the reds. it has worked so well so far for them hasn’t it? the most amazing fact is that this guy never played for cardinals and yet he still signed him so maybe he still has a chance to be decent or at least better than francis was. the only one who has worked out for them so far was one good season from rolen. good enough for him to sign a big contract and be injured the next 2 years after signing it. ludwick turned 4 good months in 2012 into a 16 million dollar deal that gave the reds nothing last year and .240 this year. shumaker started out on fire when he was asked to be a bench player but now that he has to play every day due to injury not so much. but he got his retirement contract from uncle walt even though the reds are his third team in 3 years. who’s next? they need a shortstop who can hit so I am sure he has been ob the phone with ozzie smith about a comeback.

    • renaado - May 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Dude, it’s a minor league contract. It doesn’t hurt for someone or some team to sign a ballplayer who’s makin a comeback attempt. Who knows? Maybe he’ll find his groove with this team.

      • metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        if not he will certainly find a fat contract if he can find his groove long enough to make it thru the season. if you are not a reds fan then even though I have pointed it you will not know why I am not excited by this signing minor league or not. it NEVER works out for the reds!

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        It’s amazing how clueless people can be, isn’t it?

      • jm91rs - May 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Dontrelle Willis was one of those rejects that actually put up a pretty good season for the Reds. Sometimes it works, and if it doesn’t they don’t make the big league club. This is not the same as the bums he signed for Dusty to play in center field.

    • dredddog - May 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      I feel dumber after trying to read your comment.

      • metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        then I guess you were not very smart to begin with were you?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Who would you prefer he signed instead? It is not like there is a busload of free agent aces being delivered to MLB headquarters anytime soon. Jair has proved that he can be an effective big league starter in the past, which is a better resume than just about anyone I can think of who might still be available.

      • metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        I would prefer he develop the pitchers he has in the minors so they are ready when needed instead of signing every reject who has ever played. I would love for this guy to prove me wrong and work out for the reds but history shows me I should not be very optimistic.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Teams need to do both. I would say that the Reds have done quite well with their scouting and development in recent years. Every team needs to shore up its roster on occasion though.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Lighten up Metal. Take a deep breath and say it with me very slowly…
      “They signed him to a minor league deal.”
      There…feel better now?

  2. dredddog - May 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Capital letters yo. Hooked on phonics or something maybe

    • metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM


      • dredddog - May 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        I’m sorry Donald Sterling.

      • commenter - May 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Yo isnt really ebonics more like guido speak

      • Tony Sottile - May 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Perhaps you should just stop commenting… You really aren’t making a lot of sense. We need some veterans in the minors and just lost Jeff Francis. I like this signing for depth, if nothing else. Worst case, he never makes the team and we didn’t waste a spot on the 40-man roster for him. Best case, he makes it back to form and can contribute. Buy low, sell high.

  3. dredddog - May 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Price is the main problem. Bringing that bum Hoover in over and over in tight spots cost this club games. Batting Votto 4th for as long as he did didn’t help either.

  4. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Never seen anyone so upset over a minor league contract

  5. lpd1964 - May 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    A fair comparison would be many years ago another Reds administration took a chance on Pete Schourek and the guy ended up winning 19 games, worst thing that happens is Jair bombs in the minors and is let go, took a chance on Josh Hamilton and that worked out too, who knows ?

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