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Rockies Trade for Pitcher Jair Jurrjens

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Colorado Rockies has traded minor league first baseman Harold Riggins to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitcher Jair Jurrjens.

Jurrjens, a former All-Star, signed a minor league contract with the Reds in May. This season he has gone 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.602 WHIP for Triple-A Louisville.

Jurrjens had right knee surgery in September and last pitched in the major leagues for Baltimore in 2013.

Jurrjens had his best season in 2011 with Atlanta, pitching 152 innings while compiling a 13-6 record, 2.96 ERA, 44 walks, 90 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.

"When he was having his success was when I was away from the game, so I didn't get to see him firsthand, but obviously I've gotten a lot of information on him," Rockies skipper Walt Weiss said. "He's had some health issues, but not necessarily tied to his arm, but some lower-half issues, which is a good thing if you're a pitcher. We're very young right now on the mound. Guys are doing their best. They're battling. But it does help to have a guy with some experience that's got the ball in his hand, dictating like a pitcher does."

Jurrjens is joining a Rockies team that ranks 30th in baseball in ERA and 28th in WHIP.

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