Jurrjens, who turns 27 tomorrow, will make a $1.5 million base salary in the one-year deal and could make up to $4 million with incentives. From what I've seen, his addition has been welcomed by the Orioles' fan base. Many fans see Jurrjens as a low-risk, high-reward player who fits Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's method of reaping the rewards from giving players second-chance opportunities.
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Jurrjens: At the age of 25, Jurrjens was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA at the 2011 midseason. He was named to his first All-Star Games and was beginning to establish himself as one of the league's top young pitchers. But he lost three of his four second-half starts, hindered by a bulky right knee that was surgically repaired the previous offseason. Last season, he spent the majority of the season in Triple-A and was 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 11 major league appearances. Jurrjens said he spent last season pitching with a brace on the knee and was set back by a quad injury. But if he's healthy, which he says he is, he could be a valuable starter for the Orioles.