Now that pitcher Gio Gonzalez has been trade from the Oakland Athletic to the Washington Nationals, teams around Major League Baseball are sure to turn their attention to acquiring Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens.
Many believed that Gonzalez was the top starting pitcher on the trade market this offseason with Jurrjens falling in line right behind him.
It had previously been reported that the Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles were the only teams interested in trading for the 25-year-old. It has now come to light that other teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, have joined the conversation.
Among the teams reported to be interested, the Orioles, Red Sox and Rangers seem to have the most desirable trade pieces that the Braves covet. Atlanta wants a power-hitting outfielder to place in the middle of the lineup and provide consistency at the plate. The Braves have been rumored to be in talks with Baltimore involving a swap of Jurrjens and outfielder Adam Jones over the past week and a half.
Despite injuring his knee late in the season, Jurrjens was selected to the All-Star team and posted a 13-6 record to go along with a 2.96 ERA while holding opponents to a .249 batting average against. The Braves continue to ensure that his knee is not an issue and Jurrjens could have pitched in the postseason had the team advanced that far.
With an abundance of strong young pitching prospects in the minor leagues, the Braves could deal the All-Star right-hander in order to gain offensive production.
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