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Atlanta Braves Expected to Non-Tender Jair Jurrjens

November 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 AM
By Cody Fields

After a disappointing year and a half, the Atlanta Braves will likely part ways with injury and performance plagued starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens instead of offering him salary arbitration.

Teams have until midnight on Nov. 30 to offer their free agents a contract, but the already pitching-rich Braves are expected to trim the fat of Jurrjen's previous contract in which he made $5.5 million last season.

Jurrjens hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2009, when he went 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA. He struggled with injuries throughout 2010 while starting just 20 games and throwing up a below-average 4.64 ERA.

The 2011 season is what set his poor 2012 season into motion. Jurrjens carried a 1.87 ERA into the All-Star break but gave up nine homers over his final seven starts before being shutdown for the entire month of September with a knee strain. The uncertainty of his knee's stability seemed to carry over into 2012, forcing him to subtly change his mechanics which killed his velocity.

That dip in velocity resulting Jurrjens getting rocked for 17 runs in four starts in the month of April before the Braves sent him down to Triple-A. Jurrjens then gave the Braves cause for hope when he was brought back up in June by going 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts, but that would be shattered on July 17 and 22, when he gave up 14 runs between the two starts.

Jurrjens made only one more apperance in relief on July 31 before the Braves shelved him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jair Jurrjens, MLB

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