As I wrote for Thursday’s newspaper, right-hander
It has been nearly two weeks since it was first reported the sides had agreed to terms pending a physical. But we all knew the physical wouldn’t be routine. Jurrjens is a free agent because the
Jurrjens' camp says his drop in productivity -- and decline in velocity -- is a direct result of having weakness in his surgically repaired right knee, which he says is now "feeling great."
Any team would want to make sure that knee is OK before signing on the dotted line. And these are the Orioles, who are well-known for scrutinizing a potential player’s health. Their exams are notorious. One former Oriole told me after taking a club physical that he half-expected to be sent “to
So you knew a Jurrjens-Orioles marriage would be a tenuous proposition. The question still remains whether the deal gets done. Jurrjens thinks so. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will only say that it is an ongoing process.
But there is a sense from some within the organization that the Orioles' doctors may not sign off on Jurrjens' health. My guess is it gets done, but no question the Orioles will vet the reports thoroughly.
By the way, Jurrjens told me he still hasn’t officially made up his mind whether to pitch for Netherlands in the
** Former Oriole
Scott, who was the Most Valuable Oriole in 2010 but didn't re-sign after an injury-marred 2011 season, batted .229 with 14 homers in 344 plate appearances in 2012 with the Rays.
The Orioles were searching for power this offseason and Scott was popular within the Orioles' clubhouse and with (most of) the team's fans during his four seasons in Baltimore. But the club seemingly had no real interest in adding him to the mix in 2013.
Why? Partially because he's 34, left-handed and barely played in the field last year (six games at first base), so, besides the power potential, there is not an obvious fit. But there's also a sense that now that this team won in 2012 it is moving on from its recent losing past.
Don't get me wrong, Duquette doesn't shy away from recycling and will give chances to anyone -- including ex-Orioles -- if he thinks they can help the team and can fit into the clubhouse (see lefty Mark Hendrickson). But those are low-level, low-risk, low-money deals.
Scott still has a chance to earn $3.5 million with the Rays in 2013, and that's just not the kind of deal Duquette is making these days.