Trading for Jair Jurrjens

Trading for Jair Jurrjens

Trading for Jair Jurrjens

John Harper of the Daily News reported this weekend the Braves interest in Yankees utility man Eduardo Nunez. This created speculation the Yanks could work out a deal for Jair Jurrjens, who is available this offseason.

Jurrjens is arbitration eligible and made $3.25 million a year ago. His salary will certainly enter the $5 million a year range after he went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. This appears to be too rich for Atlanta, who is always on a tight budget with their roster. One of Harper’s sources suggested a package of Nunez and Nick Swisher, who would help the Braves struggling offense, could get it done for Jurrjens. If I were the Yankees this is a deal that I would consider, but it’s likely the Braves will be looking for a prospect package instead of the expensive Swisher.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reported the Royals turned down outfield prospects Wil Myers and Lorenzo Cain for Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Again, Prado is arbitration eligible, so the Braves are looking to dump his salary. Myers, a converted catcher, was the Royals #2 prospect going into last season. Cain had a brief cup of coffee in the majors last season after hitting .312 with 16 Hrs and 81 RBI in Triple-A.

I would suspect the Braves would be looking for Nunez and a pitching prospect. The Yankees catchers wouldn’t entice them since they have Brian McCann. I wouldn’t be shocked if a Hector Noesi or another pitching prospect comes into the conversation. The Killer B’s always seem to be mentioned when teams are in discussions with Brian Cashman. Would you do Noesi and Nunez for Jurrjens? Are you willing to give up 2-3 decent prospects for Jurrjens? I would think they are looking for a similar prospect package to what they received for Javier Vazquez.

I think there is considerable risk about how Jurrjens translate to the American League. Jurrjens is a groundball pitcher, but his strikeout rate dropped considerable last season. His 5.2 K/9 is about 1 less than his career average, and 1.5 lower than 2010. Those are usually red flags when you make the move to the league with the DH.

This might not be the most expensive prospect package, but the only way I get serious with Atlanta is if Eduardo Nunez becomes the centerpiece of a deal, with none of the top pitching prospects involved. There is little chance, based on what I am reading, the Braves would want to take on Nick Swisher and his $10 million dollar salary. That would be the most ideal situation for Brian Cashman, as it would allow him to possible get into the market for Carlos Beltran.

I can live with a D.J. Mitchell or Noesi and Nunez for Jurrjens deal. I think the Yankees should explore the free agent market (Mark Buehrle), or other trade possibilities (John Danks), before getting involved with Jurrjens and Atlanta.

If the Braves are looking to dump salary, then they should get a “salary dump” type of return.

By Mike Silva

By New York Yankees
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011

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