The Baltimore Orioles have added another low-risk arm to their arsenal. Free agent righty Jair Jurrjens signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the O’s. The news was first reported by CBS’s Jon Heyman.
Jurrjens was non-tendered by the Braves after a disappointing 2012 campaign, but is just a season removed from an All-Star appearance. I blogged about Jurrjens’ upside back in December.
Jair Jurrjens is a year removed from a season in which he won 13 games and pitched to a 2.96 ERA. He’s 26 years old, has a lifetime 1.92 K/BB, was an All-Star in 2011 and started 20+ games in four of his six seasons in the big leagues.
Heyman reports that Jurrjens could make up to $4 million with incentives. The Birds were interested in him last offseason, but a deal with Atlanta ended up falling through. The rumor mills were reporting that Adam Jones was a piece in that deal. Now the O’s have Jurrjens and they got to keep their face of the franchise.
But it’s a bad offseason though, right?