Orioles sign Jurrjens to minor league contract

Orioles sign Jurrjens to minor league contract
February 15, 2013, 9:45 pm
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SARASOTA, Fla. – More than three weeks after the Orioles were first rumored to have signed Jair Jurrjens, the team announced they had agreed to a minor league contract with the right-hander. He will be invited to spring training.

Jurrjens has a history of knee and groin problems, and his signing, was delayed by the team’s concerns about his injuries.

The 27-year-old Jurrjens was not offered a contract for this season by Atlanta. Originally, the contract that was agreed to on Jan. 24 was to be for $1.5 million with incentives that could earn him as much as $4 million in 2013.  

Jurrjens is expected to be in camp for the squad’s first full workout on Saturday.

In six major league seasons, the last five with the Braves, Jurrjens is 53-37 with a 3.62 ERA. Last year, Jurrjens, who was hampered by a strained groin, was just 3-4 with a 6.29 ERA.

Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011 when he was 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. He made $5.5 million in 2012.

"Jair Jurrjens has a good track record and is still young; we hope he can regain [the] form which made him an All-Star in 2011," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a text message late Friday night.

Jurrjens will compete for the fifth starter’s spot with Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Tommy Hunter, Steve Johnson and perhaps T.J. McFarland and Brian Matusz, both of whom could go to the bullpen. If healthy, Tsuyoshi Wada, who had Tommy John surgery last May, should join the rotation later in the season.