Jennings picked up his fourth win of the season after throwing two-thirds of an inning against the Cubs on Monday. He was only eligible for the win after allowing an inherited runner to score the game-tying run in the top-half of the ninth inning. Interestingly, manager Robin Ventura turned to Jennings in an incredibly close situation (runner on third, one out, and up only one run) with both David Robertson and Nate Jones unavailable due to recent workloads.
Jennings came on in relief during Friday's loss to Kansas City, walking the only batter he faced, Jarrod Dyson. This was the first time this season that Jennings failed to record an out, although he was likely only brought on to face the left-handed Dyson. The 29-year-old has been inconsistent out of the bullpen for the White Sox, but does hold a respectable 2.53 ERA.
Jennings allowed two hits during a scoreless inning of work Thursday against Baltimore. Throughout the 2016 season, Jennings is touting a 1.23 ERA during 7.1 innings on the mound. However, Jennings has only played in one high-leverage situation all year, and during that appearance he only needed to secure one out. The 29-year-old mostly appears in blowouts and doesn't have much use in standard leagues, especially in a little-used middle relief role.
Jennings could serve as the long man in the White Sox's bullpen this season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jennings pitched in multiple innings in fewer than a dozen occasions in 2015. The White Sox's bullpen, as currently constructed, lacks the prototypical guy to go multiple innings, so Jennings may be asked to do so more frequently.
Jennings and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $810,000 contract, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The owner of a 2.99 ERA, 3.54 FIP and 130:68 K:BB ratio over 156.1 career major-league innings, the 28-year-old Jennings will likely occupy a middle-relief role for Chicago. Although he's left-handed, he doesn't have significant handedness splits to this point in his career.