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Rockies acquire Jair Jurrjens from Reds

Jul 2, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jurrjens throws his warm up pitches before facing Toronto Blue Jays in first inning of their MLB baseball spring training game in Dunedin Reuters

Here’s how bad things have gotten for Jair Jurrjens just three seasons after making the All-Star team at age 25: He’s now being passed around Triple-A by teams in need of organizational depth.

Jurrjens had been pitching at Triple-A for the Reds, but they just swapped him to the Rockies for a 24-year-old Double-A first baseman named Harold Riggins who isn’t considered a prospect.

Jurrjens hasn’t been healthy since the first half of 2012, bouncing around constantly since then while different teams have given him a chance to make a comeback. He pitched briefly in the majors for the Orioles last season, but has been at Triple-A this season with a 4.46 ERA and 27/13 K/BB ratio in 34 innings. He was equally ineffective in the minors last year, so even at age 28 his odds of returning to the big leagues are looking slim.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    And you have to figure his odds of rediscovering success in Denver (if he does get the call) have to be exceedingly slim.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I’d still take him back in place of Ubaldo. Similar result for 5% of the price.

  3. jtpercell - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Jar Jar Binks!

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    I remember being upset when the Tigers traded him away, and then he did so well in Atlanta. As a former Whitecap, I do wish him the best, though.

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