After executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette expressed his desire to add a veteran starter last week, the Orioles have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens.
According to a CBSSports.com report, the former Atlanta Braves starter reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, which could be valued as much as $4 million with incentives. Jurrjens was non-tendered by Atlanta in the offseason after earning $5.5 million last season.
A National League All-Star in 2011 when he went 13-6 with a 2.96 earned run average, Jurrjens had a brutal 2012 campaign as he went 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts and spent a large portion of the season at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jurrjens will turn 27 later this month and was targeted by the Orioles last winter as the right-hander was mentioned as a component in a potential trade with the Braves for center fielder Adam Jones. His strikeout rate has declined dramatically since the 2010 season when he averaged 6.7 per nine innings. Jurrjens averaged only 3.5 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
He has dealt with knee and groin issues over the last few seasons in what’s been an up-and-down career for the Curacao native. Jurrjens plans to play for the Netherlands’ in this year’s World Baseball Classic, which would take him away from the club and potentially hinder his chances of cracking the starting rotation.