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.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”
You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.
Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.
Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.