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Boston Red Sox May Make Deal with Atlanta Braves for Jair Jurrjens

December 18th, 2011 at 9:49 PM
By Cody Fields

This offseason, the Atlanta Braves have been exploring their options in trading Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. It seems they may find a suitor in the Boston Red Sox.

In an effort to shore up their starting rotation with a lower-cost arm, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has expressed an interest in acquiring Jurrjens, the Boston Globe reports. Jurrjens made $3.25 million last year and is arbitration eligible for 2012.

Although Jurrjens missed a significant amount of time due to knee surgery and the residual pain associated with it, he still went 13-6 in 23 starts. He threw his first two complete games and first shutout in 2011 during a season that saw him compile a 2.96 ERA.

The main downside to Jurrjens is that his last two years have been fairly injury plagued, and he has made only 43 starts in them. At 25, however, he still has reliable control and induces a lot of grounders and may be a good long term rotation candidate.

Some of the names tossed around so far that Boston would give up have been Josh Reddick, Che–Hsuan Lin and Mike Avila.

Reddick, if he pans out, could be a good solution for Atlanta's need for a power-hitting outfielder. He will be 25 on Opening Day and hit .280 for the Red Sox in 87 games last year. Reddick also has a very strong arm, but he could use some work on his plate discipline.

Lin is a primarily defensive center fielder with good speed and a live arm who could potentially replace Michael Bourn if he leaves via free agency after 2012. Like Bourn, Lin also hits for average with very little power, but he strikes out less. He could also stand to pull up his average some, but he has yet to see big league action after four years in the minors, so more time to develop may be needed.

Aviles would give the Braves the backup shortstop for whom they have been searching. He would also serve as a utility infielder and could spell Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones. Aviles has a consistent glove and a .288 career average, though he hit .222 for the Kansas City Royals last season in 53 games before getting traded to the Red Sox.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Jair Jurrjens, MLB

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