According to the report, the former
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette did not immediately return a text message late Thursday night.
The Orioles expressed interest in Jurrjens last offseason, and he was mentioned as part of a possible trade involving Orioles center fielder
Last week, Duquette told reporters that he was seeking another veteran starter.
Jurrjens, who will turn 27 next week, was a
Over the past two seasons, Jurrjens' fastball has also lost some velocity. After consistently throwing at the 91-92 mph level over his first four seasons, his fastball averaged just 88.6 mph last season, according to FanGraphs. Jurrjens' strikeout rate per nine innings went down last season – to 3.54 from 5.33 in 2011 – while his walks per nine innings went up – from 2.61 in 2011 to 3.35 in 2012.
It is a peculiar signing because the Orioles were still in talks to re-sign left-hander