Jair Jurrjens is eager to jump into a crowded Orioles rotation competition come spring training.
The former Atlanta Braves right-hander — who agreed to terms with the Orioles on a one-year deal this week — said he feels healthy for the first time in years. And he hopes to recapture the promise that made him one of the game's top up-and-coming pitchers.
According to industry sources, the Orioles agreed to a one-year deal with Jurrjens that would pay him a guaranteed $1.5 million this season, pending a physical. The deal also includes $2.5 million in incentives.
The signing likely won't be announced until next week. A physical has yet to be scheduled, and it likely won't be conducted until the middle of the week.
After a rocky end to his career in Atlanta — he was non-tendered after pitching to a 6.89 ERA in 2012 — Jurrjens said he's happy to have a new beginning in Baltimore.
"I wanted a young team with a veteran manager," Jurrjens said Friday evening. "That's all I was thinking. When my agent said Baltimore was interested, I said, 'Wow,' especially with the run they made last year. That's a group of guys that I want to play with and I want to be teammates with. I'm excited to be an Oriole.
Jair Jurrjens excited to join Orioles, says he feels healthy
Baltimore Sun | Jan 26