Quick Hits: Jurrjens, Dickey, Blue Jays, Dodgers

Wednesday night linkage..

  • Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens is drawing some trade interest, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Jurrjens earned $5.5MM last season and could be a non-tender candidate for next season.  While he finished the year healthy, he may not have a spot in Atlanta's deep rotation next year.
  • Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey now sounds very optimistic about his future with the Mets, a marked change from his tone just a couple of months ago, tweets Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger.
  • Shi Davidi of Sportsnet (via Twitter) hears that the Blue Jays may sign a second baseman in the next few days, though it's not clear who it might be.
  • Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says that he is “probably unlikely” to trade for a starting pitcher this winter and might instead address that need in the free agent market, writes Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  The Dodgers are looking to add a No. 2 or 3 pitcher to put alongside ace Clayton Kershaw.
  • Earlier today, the Dodgers formally announced that they have hired Mark McGwire as their hitting coach.  McGwire previously served as the Cardinals' hitting coach but hooked on with the Dodgers as he can now work closer to his home in Irvine, California.
  • Shortstop Alex Gonzalez has hired Praver Shapiro Sports Management to represent him, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  You can keep track of every player's representation with MLBTR's Agency Database.
  • Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson interests the Cubs, but they don't have the trade chips to land him, Heyman tweets.
  • The Red Sox announced that they have named Juan Nieves as their new pitching coach.  Nieves spent the last 14 seasons in the White Sox organization and most recently served as their bullpen coach.
  • Agent Joe Urbon told Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer (via Twitter) that outfielder Grady Sizemore plans to play in 2013.  Indians GM Chris Antonetti has said that he is open to bringing Sizemore back, but for less than the $5MM he received last year.
  • Mets assistant GM John Ricco says that the club won't rush to fill their void in the outfield, tweets Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.  Instead, the Mets plan to let the market define itself first.


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57 Comments on "Quick Hits: Jurrjens, Dickey, Blue Jays, Dodgers"


Jaysfan724
2 years 9 months ago

Kelly Johnson…..

…..lol jk it’s probably Maicer Izturis

jays023
2 years 9 months ago

It probably is. But I have to believe that isn’t all they are going to do at 2B. Aviles/Izturis would have been a good platoon, but now again we just have half of a platoon

paylly
2 years 9 months ago

Grady has MORE than 9 lives with Cleveland. Unbelievable!

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Man, this is like Ross and Rachel. Cut the cord, Antonetti. It’s okay. (Hug).

Leonard Washington
2 years 9 months ago

Chandler guy huh. Friends references…..wow haha.

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. Wow to us for knowing it, too?

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Well, Ross & Rachel did get together at the end, so perhaps the same here?

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Lmaooo. Died laughing.

bravesfan22
2 years 9 months ago

Jair Jurrjens is actually being looked at? Wow what ever you can get Atlanta.

Colin Christopher
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t think it’s SO unbelievable to think he has value. If you give him away for nothing, you’re essentially saying you believe the 48 innings from 2012 more than the almost 700 innings from 2008-11.

Cubs27
2 years 9 months ago

right? you gotta remember he’s only 26, too.

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

26 with a history of arm problems and velocity on the rapid decline. Sure, velocity isn’t everything but at some point you need to at least top out at about 89-90 to use your other stuff. He could get away with a slower fastball if he slowed down his breaking pitches also. I think he should learn the knuckle ball.

Jay212033
2 years 9 months ago

No history of arm problems it’s his knee.

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Wow that was my bad. I thought his I injuries were arm related. Couldn’t have been more wrong, lol.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, knee problems, but that makes his significant drop in velocity that more puzzling. Considering the drop, I’d almost want to see arm problems, then you can attribute it to something.

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Well, it’s possible he never regained all of his muscle in his leg yet. Gotta remember most of the power comes from the legs, so that could contribute but from what I read his surgery was kinda a while ago. So, yeah, it is puzzling.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

I love the “he may not have a spot in Atanta’s deep rotation”. “May”? Derek Lowe has a better shot at the spot than Jurrjens.

2 years 9 months ago

JJ is about to hit the same point that Andrew Jones did – the point where nobody wants you. Perhaps their country allows them to misreport their birthdays or something

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

He hit that spot late 2011, then reinforced that spot in the few starts in 2012. Sure, there are some GMs that would like buy low for him, but the biggest advantage we’d get from him is not affecting the salary and protecting the rotation, because you know they’d give him another shot at some spot starts if the opportunity was there. I’m totally against that. He’s played his last day with the Braves if anyone will give us anyone alive for him.

Colin Christopher
2 years 9 months ago

“Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens is drawing some trade interest, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.”
The Twitter link for Jurrjens actually goes to a tweet by Jon Paul Morosi, not Ken Rosenthal.

FanInWhite
2 years 9 months ago

Well as much as I’d like to get Scutaro back, that isn’t happening. So I have to hope it’s Jeff Keppinger.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 9 months ago

Probably unlikely… is that more than less likely, or less than more likely?

Tko11
Tko11
2 years 9 months ago

Most likely unlikely I would think.

MB923
2 years 9 months ago

That’s likely it

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 9 months ago

Could be.

Caleb Trujillo
2 years 9 months ago

As a Braves fan, I’d take the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bat boy for Jurrjens….although that might be too much of a steal for ATL.

Leonard Washington
2 years 9 months ago

Sizemore should be on a minor league deal by now.

Ohiowa
2 years 9 months ago

Sizemore should be making payment to return his salary from last year.

DerangedAngry Hilbilly
2 years 9 months ago

I suspect IF Jurrjens is moved, it’s as an add in for a deal for Fowler or Span or somethin… maybe they get an old relief arm, or similar non tender reclamation project from somebody else.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Why couldn’t a team wait for ATL to non-tender him at not give up anything?

Chowbacca
2 years 9 months ago

Really the Cubs don’t have the trade chips?

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

If they move Hellickson they want a major league ready bat. Who do the Cubs have? Soriano? That trade isn’t happening.

Austin
2 years 9 months ago

Rizzo

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Forgot all about him. Not sure that makes sense for the Cubs though.

2 years 9 months ago

The Rays could use Soriano, though. The Cubs would have to send along a lot of cash and get a prospect or two.

cubfan4life
2 years 9 months ago

Not to get Hellickson they dont. Cause about the only guy who would interest the Rays other than Starlin would be Rizzo and he is going nowhere.

GrayhawkAZ
2 years 9 months ago

This is correct. Even though Rizzo for Hellickson would be a fair trade.. Young, premium players for cheap… I do not see how the Cubs could do it

cubfan4life
2 years 9 months ago

it would be fair for both but Theo and Jed are in love with Rizzo. Jed has packed him up and taken him along everywhere he has gone. Now if the Rays would take a package around Vogelbach then it would be something that could get done.

jigsawkane
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know who Chicago has made off limits, but I’d think that with guys in their system like Almora, Baez, and Soler, in addition to Rizzo and Jackson, give them plenty of trade chips.

cubfan4life
2 years 9 months ago

Its not that they dont have the prospects its that they dont have the right kind of prospects. The Rays seem to want someone who can help in 2013 not 2015 which is generally when most of those guys will be ready.

2 years 9 months ago

They absolutely have the trade chips. They just aren’t willing to give them up, understandably.

Austin
2 years 9 months ago

Very suprised about JJ. I wonder if teams like KC would be interested in this former All star.

cubfan4life
2 years 9 months ago

Teams like KC should be interested. Probably wouldnt take much if the club picking him up was willing to pick up the tab for whats owed to him.

Royals Fan
2 years 9 months ago

Teams “like KC” aren’t retarded. We may need pitching, but 6 million to that bum AND giving up a player for him is ridiculous. It’s bad enough that may keep Hochevar….and I’d rather have HIM than Jurrjens.

Bob Bunker
2 years 9 months ago

didnt KC just pick up santana who costs more and has done less with his career and is older…..

Royals Fan
2 years 9 months ago

Take a poll, I think anyone who is not a Braves fan would rather have Santana.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Include Braves fans (I’m one) and I’d take Santana if the same rotation spot were up for grabs and Jurrjens was making league minimum. As inconsistent as Jurrjens is, Santana is more consistent with shot at being very good.

Austin
2 years 9 months ago

I really can’t wait for 5 years from know and looking at the Dodgers payroll and see how much it ruins the team

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

How is it going to ruin the team?

Austin
2 years 9 months ago

Paying a AGonz 25 million a year at the age of 36 (31 now), Crawford will get 20mil in 5 years at 36, kemp around 15mil at 34-35, Either around 15mil at 35, may I continue?

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

So you know what the farm system and budget will look like in five years?

Austin
2 years 9 months ago

What are they going to do, trade them? Who’s going to take a 35 year old making 20M? What farm system? You mean the one they traded away this summer?

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

So five years isn’t long enough to build up a farm system?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 9 months ago

Even if the team can afford the payroll, spending all that money is bound to hurt their karma.

JaysFan1996
2 years 9 months ago

There is a backjam in the Jays OF so I always get called insane and stupid for this, but Lawrie at second. Joey bats at third and in the future if the OF does goes as plan Gose/Rasmus/Sierea

Brett3
2 years 9 months ago

Can’t see anyone trading for Jurrjens – they would then have to pay the arbitration salary, expected to be over $5 million. Braves will non-tender, then someone will sign him to an incentive deal.

daveineg
2 years 9 months ago

Jurrjens only makes sense for a team that could make room for him and has options if he doesn’t work out. I’d put the Brewers in that category. They could take a chance on him with an incentive laden one year deal. If he pitches like he did in 2011, they’d be happy to pay the incentives. If he doesn’t, they have guys at the cusp they can replace him with. I don’t see them trading for him though. They’d wait until he’s non-tendered.

Jurrjens is sort of in the category of Liriano. Both are huge question marks based on recent results, but both have had seasons if they can be duplicated, make them very attractive at their ages.