Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Reds deal Jair Jurrjens to Rockies for minor league prospect


Less than two months removed from signing him, the Reds have agreed to trade right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for minor league infielder Harold Riggins. This is according to the fine folks at www.mlbtraderumors.com.

A former All-Star for the Atlanta Braves, Jurrjens went 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Louisville. He worked 34.1 innings and notched an unsightly 1.602 WHIP while striking out just 27 batters. The 28-year-old last pitched in the major leagues in 2013 with Baltimore, but he made only two appearances for the Orioles.

As for Riggins, the 24-year-old was slashing .263/.351/.447 with seven home runs and 25 RBI for Double-A Tulsa entering Wednesday's trade. Riggins, the 7th round draft choice by Colorado in the 2011 MLB Draft, has played primarily at first base this season. It is assumed he will play the same position in Cincinnati's farm system.

Riggins is not among the Rockies' top 20 prospects listed by MLB.com.

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