For a brief period, Jair Jurrjens was one of the best pitchers in the game. Unfortunately, he regressed, got injured, and was eventually demoted. After the Atlanta Braves non-tendered him, Jurrjens became a free agent. It wasn't clear how much interest he would attract, but yesterday the Baltimore Orioles signed the 26-year old righty.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Orioles have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million guaranteed. The contract can be worth as much as $4 million with incentives. The Orioles consider Jurrjens a low-risk signing with the potential for high reward.
Last season, Jurrjens went 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 11 games for the Braves. He started 10 of those games. In his career, Jurrjens has 125 starts and a 3.62 ERA. His breakout season came in 2011 when Jurrjens finished with a 13-6 record and a 2.96 ERA.
Jurrjens suffered a groin injury last season that landed him on the disabled list. He also had to leave a minor league start with dizziness. The two issues were unrelated, but support the idea that injuries could have played a role in Jurrjens' horrible 2012 campaign.
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