As the Los Angeles Angels continue to address their pitching need this offseason, the team should look into possibly adding free agent pitcher Jair Jurrjens.
The 27-year-old right hander has shown in the past that he has the ability to be a dominant pitcher in the league, but has missed a significant amount of time over the last two seasons due to various injuries that have limited his performance. Prior to the last two seasons, however, Jurrjen had posted a sub-3.00 ERA in two out of three years.
So what does this all mean for the Halos? Jurrjens is a low-risk option for the Angels as he has not pitched in the majors on a consistent basis for the last two seasons. This mean that Los Angeles would only need to offer him a minor-league contract just like they did with Mark Mulder, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2008.
It w0uld also be a high reward move as Jurrjens, when healthy, is a very effective pitcher on the mound as evidenced by his two sub-3.00 ERA seasons in 2009 and 2011. There is always a chance that he could be past his injuries and is able recapture his promising form. Age is also on Jurrjens’ side as he is only 27-years old, which still classifies him as being in the prime of his career.
If it were to indeed work out, the Angels would have a good back of the rotation with young arms like Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago or Tyler Skaggs. Los Angeles has nothing to lose with this move and everything to gain, as it would help address their most glaring weakness.