SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that the team was ¿more comfortable¿ signing right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal than a major league one after closely vetting the results of a physical on his right knee.
Three weeks after the right-hander reportedly agreed to a major-league deal with the Orioles, the club announced they¿ve instead signed Jurrjens to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.
Now that former Orioles left-hander Joe Saunders has reportedly agreed to terms with the Mariners on a one-year deal, we know the group that¿s going to open camp with the team in Sarasota next week, minus maybe a minor-league signing here or there.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter leaves for spring training in Sarasota, Fla. today, a week before pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12. Expect everything to be set up exactly to Showalter's liking by that date. He ignores no detail, especially when it comes to the team's spring training set up.
Jair Jurrjens, who was a National League All-Star just two summers ago, is Duquette¿s latest undervalued asset. And now with just more than two weeks before spring training, we take a look at other low-risk, high-reward additions and ask which one could be Duquette¿s ¿Get of the Year.¿
When right-hander Jair Jurrjens is in Baltimore to take a physical next week ¿ seemingly the final step before the Orioles¿ one-year major-league deal with the former Atlanta Braves pitcher comes to fruition ¿ he expects to speak with team officials about whether he will participate in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Jair Jurrjens is eager to jump into a crowded Orioles rotation competition come spring training. The former Atlanta Braves right-hander -- who agreed to terms with the Orioles on a one-year deal this week -- said he feels healthy for the first time in years.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.