Tigers bring back Jair Jurrjens on minor-league deal
Jair Jurrjens made his Major League debut with the Tigers six years ago. He’s still just 27 years old. Detroit didn’t sign him when he hit the open market last winter, but they took a flyer on him Wednesday, signing the former All-Star left-hander to a minor-league contract.
Jurrjens will forever be remembered as the prospect who became an All-Star after the Tigers traded him to Atlanta in a package for shortstop Edgar Renteria the day after the 2007 World Series. His career has been in a freefall after that Midsummer Classic appearance in 2011.
The Braves let him go last offseason after a 3-4 record and 6.89 ERA in 2012. The Orioles signed him to a Major League contract in January, then renegotiated a minor-league deal in February after concerns over his physical. He made it to Baltimore for a spot start May 18, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings, then tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief June 29.
Jurrjens declined an outright to Triple-A after the O’s designated him for assignment earlier this month. He went 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA for Norfolk this year, allowing 102 hits over 94 2/3 innings to go with 24 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Jurrjens is the second former Tiger in a week and a half to rejoin the organization. Detroit signed Jeremy Bonderman to a minor-league contract just before the All-Star break and put him in the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo.