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Jair Jurrjens is a cautionary tale of not expecting success to continue in pro sports. Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011 and at some points in the season was thought to have a shot at the National League Cy Young. In 2012, he struggled, was injured, and eventually sent to the minors. Now, he is no longer a member of the Atlanta Braves' organization.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves did not tender Jurrjens a contract for 2013 making him a free agent. This was an expected move, but it completed a huge fall from grace.
Jurrjens went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011. However, in 2012, Jurrjens finished his season with the Braves with a record of 3-4 and a 6.89 ERA. He only pitched in 11 games. In 14 starts at Triple-A in 2012, Jurrjens didn't fare much better. He went 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA.
Jurrjens hit the DL in early August with a strained groin. However, he was already struggling leading up to that point. Jurrjens did not re-join the club after the injury. He was already 3-4 with the 6.89 ERA by the time he was injured. He had already been demoted from the rotation, and he had already spent time in Triple-A. The injury simply served to re-enforce the Braves' decision not to add him back to the starting rotation.
Now, Jurrjens is free to seek a contract elsewhere. He may have to sign a minor league deal and work his way back to a big league club.
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