The wait on Jair Jurrjens is finally over.
Three weeks after the right-hander reportedly agreed to a major league deal with the Orioles, the club announced Friday night that it has instead signed Jurrjens to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.
Jurrjens, 27, is expected to arrive in camp Saturday, in time for the team’s first full-squad workout of the spring.
According to sources, Jurrjens and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million major league deal (with $2.5 million more available in bonuses) on Jan. 25, pending a physical. The results of that physical became a sticking point, though, especially because of the nagging problems Jurrjens has had with his right knee.
But the team still felt good enough about Jurrjens’ outlook to give him a minor league deal.
"Jair Jurrjens has a good track record and is still young," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a text message. "We hope he can regain the form which made him an All-Star in 2011."
Since becoming a National League All-Star in 2011, Jurrjens has struggled. Last season, he was 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for the Atlanta Braves, spending much of the season at Triple-A. The Braves did not tender him a contract this winter, making him a free agent.
Jurrjens owns a 53-37 career record and 3.62 ERA. He was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA at the 2011 All-Star break, but had lost seven of his last 11 big league decisions since then.
Orioles sign Jair Jurrjens to minor league contract
Baltimore Sun | Feb 16