Here’s how bad things have gotten for Jair Jurrjens just three seasons after making the All-Star team at age 25: He’s now being passed around Triple-A by teams in need of organizational depth.
Jurrjens had been pitching at Triple-A for the Reds, but they just swapped him to the Rockies for a 24-year-old Double-A first baseman named Harold Riggins who isn’t considered a prospect.
Jurrjens hasn’t been healthy since the first half of 2012, bouncing around constantly since then while different teams have given him a chance to make a comeback. He pitched briefly in the majors for the Orioles last season, but has been at Triple-A this season with a 4.46 ERA and 27/13 K/BB ratio in 34 innings. He was equally ineffective in the minors last year, so even at age 28 his odds of returning to the big leagues are looking slim.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.