Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 12/26/12
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    There is very little that can explain what has happened to former Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens. It was only 2011 when Jurrjens was an All Star pitcher and some could make the case that he could have started the game. He struggled in three of his last four starts that season, before his season was finished after his August 30th start. Jurrjens and the Braves agreed to a $5.5 million contract for the 2012 to avoid arbitration. He was hideous in 2012, going 3-4, 6.89 in 11 games, 10 starts, striking out just 19 in 48 1/3 IP. He still failed to find his groove at AAA Gwinett, going 4-6, 4.98 in 14 starts for them. As expected, Jurrjens was not tendered a contract and is now a free agent.     In spite of his struggles, Jurrjens is well worth a team taking a chance on. He will turn just 27 at the end of January and has not gotten a lot of attention this offseason. Perhaps teams are focusing on others that may be a little more reliable in terms of making starts and not being a gamble. Thi...
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