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Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays others like Jurrjens

Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:29 pm
 
Jair Jurrjens has drawn some interest from the Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rockies, Tigers, Rangers and others. However, while Jurrjens is a terrific young starter, he appears to be behind Oakland's Gio Gonzalez on the pecking order of most teams, possibly because of potential concerns about the knee injury that hampered him at the end of last year.

Baltimore has seemed especially interested in Jurrjens. However, one person connected to the teams said they wouldn't consider trading young center fielder Adam Jones straight-up for Jurrjens. "Not even close,'' the person said. There was some suggestion the Braves might need to include the versatile and available Martin Prado to make that deal work. But that duo may be too much for the Braves to part with.

The Braves also have suggested that they will not trade Jurrjens within their division, thereby eliminating the active Marlins as a potential suitor.

Jurrjens had an excellent year in 2011 but was hampered at the end by a knee concern. The Braves say his health shouldn't be an issue, as his velocity was back up to the mid 90s in instructional league and would have pitched in the playoffs had the Braves advanced.

The Braves say they are only considering trading Jurrjens because they have a wealth of starting pitchers, and a need for improving their offense. Jurrjens' arbitration number is expected to be very high, as well, and Atlanta has been limited financially this winter.

One other issue with the Braves is that their history of trading starting pitchers is so good that some others teams are leery about trading with them. It seems they know just went to deal pitchers, right at the height of their value.
 
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:48 am
 

Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays others like Jurrjens

Worm, there is no way your proposed deal for Jair would work man. The Red Sox have nothing at short after Scutaro's contract is up, having already unloaded Lowrie this offseason. They have been patiently waiting for Iglesias (no "n") for a while. Reddick wouldn't be enough if players like Adam Jones are being talked about. Jones > Reddick by a long shot. You don't get a legit #2 starter for a 4th OF and a backup shortstop who isn't ready for MLB pitching. And Doubront for Hanley? Are you crazy? If Doubront was half that good...A). The Sox wouldn't trade him anyways and B). he would be in our rotation right now. You're right about the Sox holding onto prospects, they need to stock up a little and sit tight after trading away/promoting a lot of good young players in the last couple of years. They lost Rizzo/Fuentes/Kelly in the AGonz deal, lost Hagadone/Masterson in the VMart deal, and promoted Kalish/Reddick/Bard/Lavarnway/Igles

ias etc. and seen guys like Westmoreland, Lars Andersen and others stall for different reasons (injurydevelopment stagation, whatever. There are some really good young guys like Middlebrooks, Cecchini, Ranaudo, etc. coming up but they aren't close to major league ready yet.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays others like Jurrjens

This may be a good move for The Sox.  They could trade Reddick and Inglesias for Jurrjens or Gonzalez: Then the Sox could trade Doubront for Hanley Ramirez who may not have a home in Miami.  The Red Sox have not had a good history with ex Braves pitchers, meaning they were over the hill.  So, I'd be cautious with trading with Atlanta for a starter.  However, The Oakland starters under Billy Beane ( Zito, Haren, Mulder) who have been traded or signed by other teams (because Oakland couldn't afford to sign them) ended up not doing well.  I guess if I had to deal with frugal teams on the next best thing I would be skeptical.  So Hey Boston listen to me but hold onto your prospects!


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