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Reds not pursuing Jurrjens, source says

Reds not pursuing Jurrjens, source says

Reds not pursuing Jurrjens, source says
DALLAS -- Although there is a report to the contrary, the Reds do not appear to be going hard after Braves starter Jair Jurrjens.

A tweet from SI.com and MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman on Monday night said the Reds were "very interested" in Jurrjens as a possible No. 2 starter for their rotation. It also said 10 teams were involved in pursuing the right-hander.

A baseball source familiar with the Reds' situation told MLB.com on Monday that there was no interest on their part to pursue Jurrjens. Another issue is that Atlanta and Cincinnati don't appear to match up well for a trade.

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While the Reds are definitely seeking a No. 1 or No. 2-type starting pitcher to upgrade their rotation, the Braves are seeking a power-hitting outfielder. They don't have fits for power hitters like Reds third-base prospect Juan Francisco or first baseman/left fielder Yonder Alonso.

Jurrjens, 25, was 13-6 with a 2.94 ERA last season in 23 starts and was a first-time All-Star.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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