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Jair Jurrjens is a 25-year-old All-Star for the Atlanta Braves, but he's eligible for arbitration and injury prone, making him expendable according to this report by Mark Bowman.
At the All-Star break, Jurrjens had a 12-3 record and 1.87 ERA. He was a viable Cy Young candidate by all standards.
Then, his right knee hampered him, bloating his ERA to 2.96 and ending his season in August after a 15-day DL stint wasn't an effective remedy. Jurrjens underwent surgery on the same knee in Oct., 2010, so the Braves have every reason to be concerned.
Their concern, though, shouldn't make potential suitors wary of acquiring the Curacao native.
When healthy, Jurrjens has shown ace potential. He won't cost more than around $5 million even after arbitration—his salary is currently $3.25 million.
In other words, he's a game-changer and is worth the risk.