The Detroit Tigers announced late Wednesday afternoon the signing of former pitching prospect Jair Jurrjens to a AAA contract, he will join the Toledo Mudhens on Friday.
Jurrjens was widely considered John Smoltz 2.0 when he was traded by the Tigers to the Atlanta Braves in October 2007 for Edgar Renteria. The move filled a void at shortstop for Detroit, but was widely considered a failure as Renteria flamed out during his one year tenure in Detroit. Meanwhile, Jurrjens went on to win 27 games in his first two years in Atlanta sporting a 3.10 ERA. Injuries derailed him after a spectacular 2011 campaign and the Braves ultimately parted ways with him.
He will join Jeremy Bonderman in Toledo as former Tigers starters who flamed out with other organizations and ran into injury problems. Over his career Jurrjens has a 53-37 record with a 3.63 ERA and 758 innings pitched. He was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles last week and pitched 7.1 innings, with one start, for the Bird and gave up four earned runs.
The signing gives the Tigers organizational pitching depth in case of an injury to another starter.