SARASOTA, Fla. – Dan Duquette is happy that the long negotiation is over and that Jair Jurrjens is signed. The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract after three weeks of negotiations.
“We’ll see if we can help him regain the form that made him into a good pitcher,” Duquette said on Saturday.
“He’s 27. There’s a chance that he can learn how to pitch effectively and manage the situation with his right knee.”
On Jan. 25, the Orioles reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with a $1.5 million guarantee and $2.5 million in incentives. After repeated physical exams, they settled on Friday on a minor league deal.
“I think that the team was more comfortable on a minor league deal with some safeguards for the player as well. At least we have a chance to work together and see if he can become a big league pitcher. If you look in the book, it’s hard to find players with that kind of record at his age. He’s a highly skilled pitcher. Great control. We’re interested in getting involved with him,” Duquette said.
Jurrjens has two options remaining, and if he’s sent to the minor leagues, he has an opt-out clause, but Duquette declined to name a date.
After three weeks, Duquette said he didn’t lose patience.
“I thought we’d get a deal done. It just took a little bit longer time and a little bit longer education,” he said.