SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s been nearly three weeks since the Orioles reached agreement with Jair Jurrjens on a contract. After an extensive physical examination, he’s still not officially signed.
“We’re still working on that issue. We don’t have that resolved yet,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Tuesday.
“We hope to get it resolved in the next couple of days.”
It’s unusual that a contract, particularly for just a year, involves such protracted negotiations.
“This is an issue that just takes a little bit more time on the process, but hopefully it will get resolved,” Duquette said “I don’t know how it’s going to get resolved, but I hope it gets resolved here soon.”
When he was reminded of how long the process has been, Duquette cracked a slight smile.
“Is that how long it’s been? Time flies, doesn’t it? We should have it resolved in the next couple of days.”
Duquette said that the Orioles hoped to have Trayvon Robinson in camp by Thursday. The team designated him for assignment on Friday after they acquired Todd Redmond on waivers from Cincinnati.