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MLB Trade Rumors: Cincinnati Reds Interested in Jair Jurrjens

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Diamond NotesCorrespondent IIIDecember 6, 2011

John Heyman of the MLB network reported that the Cincinnati Reds are very interested in right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens.

Heyman wrote in his tweet that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said over the weekend that Cincinnati has a list of six potential trade targets in their search for a front-end starter.

Heyman reported that ten teams are involved in talks for Jurrjens, so it's no guarantee that he will be a Red. 

But if the Reds are able to get Jurrjens, where would he fit into the Cincinnati rotation?

According to the Reds depth chart on mlb.com, the rotation is as follows:

  1. Johnny Cueto - Cueto has improved each of his four seasons with the Reds.  He has a career 3.83 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, but last season posted a 9-5 record with a 2.31 ERA and 1.09 WHIP
  2. Bronson Arroyo - Arroyo has posted a 4.14 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in his six seasons in Cincinnati.  Last season he struggled, posting a 9-12 record with a 5.07 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
  3. Homer Bailey - Bailey has posted a 4.89 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in his five seasons with the Reds.  Last season he won a career high nine games with a 4.43 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
  4. Mike Leake - Leake has posted a 4.03 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in his two seasons as a Red. Last season he led them in wins with 12, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
  5. Edinson Volquez - Volquez started out red hot in Cincinnati, earning All-Star honors and posting a 17-6 record with a 3.21 ERA, and 1.33 WHIP in 2008.  He suffered an arm injury in 2009 and has not been the same ever since.  While he still has very good stuff and a mid-90s fastball, Volquez has seen his ERA balloon to 5.71 last season; his 1.57 WHIP was his worst since joining the Reds.
  6. Aroldis Chapman - Chapman has not started a game for the Reds, but has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 69 games.

You can see that this rotation has plenty of potential; adding an arm like Jurrjens would be a bonus. 

Jurrjens would likely be the Reds number two starter, but if Volquez returns to his 2008 form, and Leake and Chapman reach their potential, he could find himself at the tail end of this very talented rotation.

 

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