Odds and Ends: Jurrjens, Prado and Moylan
With Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson no longer on the free agent market, some have argued Jair Jurrjens is the best available starting pitcher for pitching-hungry teams. But the Braves still have not received a trade proposal attractive enough to trade Jurrjens.
The Yankees, Rangers, Rockies, Reds, Cubs and Red Sox are among the clubs that have been identified as potential suitors for Jurrjens. The D-backs (trade with the A’s) and Marlins (signing of Buehrle) were more prominent members of this group most of last week.
With a number of teams still looking for starting pitching, interest in Jurrjens could increase over the next few weeks. One definite influence is the market for Yu Darvish. Once clubs better understand what they will have to pay the Japanese hurler, they might show greater interest in Jurrjens.
There are some concerns about Jurrjens’ right knee, which has sidelined him during the latter stages of the past two seasons. But there might still be some teams willing to take a chance on him as he comes off an All-Star season with salary projected to be just north of $5 million. The 25-year-old pitcher has one more year of eligibility beyond this year.
The Braves also have not yet heard an attractive trade offer for Martin Prado, who is also drawing attention from the Rockies. The Tigers were quickly rejected last month when they offered outfielder Delmon Young for Prado.
The Braves are expected to non-tender Peter Moylan before Monday night’s deadline. Given that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding his surgically-repaired right shoulder, it definitely should not come as a surprise to hear the Braves will not tender Moylan a contract and then be obligated to pay him something in the neighborhood of $2 million in 2012.
Braves general manger Frank Wren said last week that he plans to talk to Moylan about the possibility of returning to the organization at a cheaper cost once he starts throwing and gaining a better sense of how much he could pitch this upcoming season.
Saw some chatter about Brooks Conrad on Twitter this past weekend and it might have been sarcastic. But for those of you projecting next year’s roster, I wouldn’t reserve a spot for Conrad. He doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in the plans for next year’s club.