Jurrjens elects for free agency

Greg Fiume

Righty Jair Jurrjens has elected to become a free agent, the Orioles announced on Thursday.

Jurrjens chose to become a free agent rather than accepting assignment to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers. He was designated for assignment on Friday when the Orioles needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jairo Asencio.

Jurrjens, an All-Star in 2011 for the Atlanta Braves, has struggled the last two years. He has only made two appearances in the majors this year and at Triple-A, he has a 4.18 ERA over 16 starts.

Jurrjens agreed to a Major League deal with Baltimore that was worth $1.5MM after he was non tendered by the Braves. After the team expressed concern over his health, he signed a minor league deal. Since he broke into the majors in 2009, the 30-year old has played for the Braves, Indians and Cubs in addition to the Orioles.

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