Jair Jurrjens has spent the past month “rehabbing” a groin injury at Triple-A, but it was always a rehab assignment/demotion and the Braves announced today that they won’t be calling him up at any point this month.
It’s been one hell of a fall for Jurrjens, who made the All-Star team last season and basically hasn’t been the same since, struggling with injuries and his performance.
He’s made 12 total starts at Triple-A this year with a 4.98 ERA and just 39 strikeouts in 72 innings while serving up 10 homers. And he was even worse in 10 starts for the Braves, posting a 6.89 ERA with nearly as many walks (18) as strikeouts (19) in 48 innings.
Jurrjens is being paid $5.5 million for that and remains under team control for next season via arbitration, but the Braves are all but guaranteed to cut him loose.
This is more significant for basketball fans than baseball fans, but Magic Johnson is taking over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dan Feldman over at PBT has the full story on that.
For our purposes, you probably know that Johnson is part of the Dodgers ownership group. Anthony McCullough of the L.A. Times got comment from the Dodgers, saying that despite his new full-time job, his status with the Dodgers will be unchanged:
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I’m not entirely certain what Magic does with the Lakers, so the first clause in Kasten’s comment may be doing most of the heavy lifting here.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.