• Jan
    25

    Jurrjens signing doesn't preclude Britton from making rotation

    I see the Jair Jurrjens signing as a low-risk, high reward type of signing, but I'm in the camp that doesn't expect much from Jurrjens. I was against trading for him last year because of his poor peripherals, falling velocity and because the Braves seemed so intent on trading him after his 2011 year when he outperformed every sabermetric known to mankind that evaluates a pitcher's projected success. On top of it, Jurrjens is a flyball pitcher who's K rate has fallen to unsustainable rates.

    Right now the rotation has one spot up for grabs unless an injury or implosion occurs this spring. Hammel, Chen, Tillman, and Gonzalez are in the rotation barring those events which leaves Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Steve Johnson, Zach Clark, TJ MacFarland and now Jurrjens competing for that last spot. I'm still very high on Britton as a starter, but the signing of a guy like Joe Saunders, who will most likely cost around $6-7 million a year for at least two years, would mean Britton would have no shot at the rotation unless an injury occurred this spring to one of the five. The Jurrjens signing does not preclude Britton from making the rotation since he has an option remaining and could be sent to Norfolk until he proves he's back to his previous form.

    To me Jurrjens is nothing more than an insurance policy for rotation depth. If Petersen is able to work some magic on him, and the Orioles catch some more of the Gonzalez-type magic, then most fans will be singing the praises of DD once again.


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Tony Pente

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