The Chicago White Sox might have an immediate interest in a starting pitcher that is in the non-tender pool. The Atlanta Braves surprisingly non-tendered Jair Jurrjens. The White Sox could benefit from this.
Jurrjens is an interesting pitcher. Career-wise he is 53-37, has a 3.62 ERA, has struck out 499 hitters and only walked 260 batters in 750.2 innings. In 2009 he posted a career-low 2.60 ER, the regressed the following year and posted a 4.64 ERA. In 2011, Jurrjens posted a 2.96 ERA and was named a NL All-Star.
However Jurrjens injured his knee in 2012, which set him back. He suffered the whole year and his ERA jumped to 6.89, eventually being sent by the Braves down to Triple-A. Like I said, Jurrjens is an interesting pitcher who has his ups and downs.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports recently reported that the White Sox would be interested in a low-end starter, and would then try and trade Gavin Floyd. Jurrjens might be the low end starter the White Sox should think about grabbing.
Jurrjens might be worth the risk to sign him for a one or two-year contract. There is a chance of a huge upside with Jurrjens compared to Floyd; for one, Jurrjens is 26 and Floyd is 29. In nine years, Floyd is 70-66. His ERA is higher than Jurrjens career-wise, at 4.46 in 11270.0 innings.
Floyd still has good days, and he still has one of the nastiest curve balls in the MLB but he is very inconsistent. Floyd is also going to be a free agent after 2013, and if the White Sox could trade him now than they would free up money to be used during this offseason.
As long as Jurrjens knee is fine, if I was the White Sox, I would roll the dice on him. The White Sox want to win the division and that window may be shutting quickly. A team can’t always be conservative, and while risky, this move is well worth it.
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