Jurrjens speaks

The Orioles officially signed right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a Minor League contract on Friday night with an invitation to Spring Training, a deal that was struck after three weeks in limbo. He was in the clubhouse this morning ready to go and here’s what he had to say to reporters..

[on his physical holding things up] “[There were] some concerns. Small details on contract. Just making sure everybody is happy with the contract we signed. It took a little longer than I was suspecting it to take, but I’m just happy to be here now.”

[on how much different his deal, which was originally reported as a Major League contract, is now] “A little bit tweaked, a small tweak. It’s not really a whole lot different. Honestly, I don’t know much details about it. I tried not to get into it, just let my agent do it and try to stay out of it and just worry about the things I can control about working out and getting ready and just hope for the deal to be finalized. And I’m here.”

“It was a big league deal and they adjusted it because of the concern and made it a minor league deal. If I’m out there and can stay on the mound,  I know what I can do. A lot of people know what I can do. I’m just going to come here and show everybody that I’m healthy and I can pitch again.”

“I’ve been throwing bullpens and I’m ready to go.”

[on his right knee] “The knee is fine. No setbacks this offseason. I was able to do everything I wanted to do. It felt good. I’m really happy with the way the offseason went. The physical was different and  more stressful than I wanted it to be, but I feel good.”

[on his velocity being down last year] “It was mechanics and strength in the leg. I wasn’t able to push off like I wanted to. I didn’t have the strength after the surgery. The knee was fine last year, no pain at all. Just weakness in the leg and not able to push off and get the velocity.”

[on the appeal of the Orioles] “It’s a young club. A lot of guys on this team that are hungry to get to the playoffs again and win a ring. Everybody plays this game to win a ring and go to the playoffs and play in October. Everybody wants to be the only teams playing in October. Seeing this team get to the playoffs last year, especially after a good run, it’s like, why not? Be around young guys who are hungry. I’m young and I’m hungry, too. Just trying to prove something again.”

[ on the Braves non-tendering him this winter]: “You could say they gave up on me, but that’s part of the business. They’ve got young guys in the system they wanted to give a chance. They’re cheaper. Everybody’s trying to be cheap this year. No hard feelings. It’s part of the business. You keep moving, you keep trying to do your thing with another team.”

[on being with Baltimore] “They have one of the best center pieces from catcher to shortstop to center field. Why not? If you have a good defense behind you and you’re a contact pitcher, you want to come to a team that’s good on defense. It makes it easier. When they showed interest, I was like, ‘Yeah, definitely. I want to go to a team that’s a contender.’ They play in one of the most difficult divisions, but I like a challenge and I’m ready for that challenge.”


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JurrJens was the most frequently mentioned player in Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble with the Curve” and now we’ve got him! Could turn out to be a great acquisition!

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