Believe it or not, this move was just about expected.
After hinting to fans that a former MLB All Star would be joining their flock, the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League announced the signing of ex-Brave and Tiger Jair Jurrjens.
Jurrjens, 32, last reached the Majors in 2014 with the Colorado Rockies, when he appeared in just two games.
Acquired from the Tigers in a deal which landed former shortstop Edgar Renteria in Mo-Town, Jurrjens bursted on the scene with Atlanta in 2008, posting consecutive years of double-digit victories, while making 30 plus starts.
After an injury-ravaged 2010 campaign, the right-hander returned to form in 2011, being named a National League All-Star for the first time in his career, while logging an ERA south of three.
Following his All-Star season, which had been cut short due to injury, Jurrjens would make just another 15 starts between 2012 and 2014, before sending his talents off to Taiwan.
Jair Jurrjens. That's a pretty big deal. https://t.co/tFfpVErieo— Mike Ashmore (@mashmore98) March 7, 2018
It was announced just this past summer that Jurrjens, who had been pitching within the Dodgers farm system, had tested positive for testosterone, culminating in an 80-game suspension handed down by Rob Manfred.
Jurrjens continues a trend that sees former Major Leaguers pursue careers within the Atlantic League before hanging up the spikes for good. Notably, ex-Marlin Dontrelle Willis, former outfielder Lew Ford and most recently the 2003 Cy Young Award Winner, Eric Gagne.
Jurrjens is 52-38 lifetime, posting a career ERA of 3.72 in 767 innings across eight Major League seasons for the Tigers, Braves, Orioles and Rockies.