It was reported late Wednesday night by Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America that the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an agreement with veteran Jair Jurrjens.
This spring, Jurrjens was pitching for his native land Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Wold Baseball Classic before his team was eliminated in the semi-finals to Puerto Rico. In the World Baseball Classic, Jurrjens posted went 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 11 and a third innings, with nine strikeouts and four walks in three games.
Jurrjens last appearance in the big leagues came in 2014 when he was the Colorado Rockies where he appeared in two games going 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA, while allowing 20 hits, 11 runs (all earned) and striking out nine batters, through nine innings of work. Through his big league career, Jurrjens has split time with the Tigers, Orioles and Rockies each for one year. His longest span with a team came with the Braves from 2008-2012.
The Dodgers also signed veteran pitcher Justin Masterson to a minor league deal earlier in the week.
Signing Jurrjens, along with Masterson is a low-risk, high-reward that if it pays off then it is good for the club but if it doesn't pay off then the club isn't losing much either.
It has been reported that Jurrjens will start the season in Triple-A with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and will likely stay there for most of the 2017 campaign. Good news for the Dodgers, however, is if Jurrjens has a good year in Triple-A the club could potentially use him as "trade bait" before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.