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Red Sox have deal with Jenks

Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:00 pm
 
Bobby Jenks
If Jonathan Papelbon wasn't watching his back before, he will be now.

As first reported by Jon Heyman of SI.com, Boston is close to a deal with free-agent closer Bobby Jenks, who will apparently be changing his socks from white to red. Jenks was non-tendered by the White Sox after making $7.5 million in 2010. He had 27 saves and a 4.44 ERA, the highest of his career and not what you want from a closer, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing the deal is two years and $12 million. It sure is good to be a free-agent reliever this winter.

Jenks gives the Red Sox an alternative to Papelbon, who according to reports is available for the taking as far as the Red Sox are concerned. But Papelbon is arbitration-eligible and made $9.35 million last season, so Boston is not likely to find any takers. Looks like a full-blown closer controversy in Beantown.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:46 am
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:37 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

, you don’t get why the Sox want to replace Papelbon and you think Bard is like Kyle Farnsworth? I’m sorry but you either haven’t watched many Sox games or are just talking out of your hat. For one, Bard does throw hard, but unlike Farnsworth, he can actually control his pitches and his curveball is deadly. He’s been dominant in middle-relief for the past 1 and a half years and there isn’t a young reliever in the game whose stock is higher right now. Meanwhile, Paps is coming off the worst season of his career and knows Bard is being groomed to replace him when he hits free agency or flops, so he should be more motivated than ever to have his best year. Jenks is not a threat to anyone though I’m surprised Boston would offer $6 mil a year for him to serve as a middle man. I thought he’d try and snag a one-year closer deal on a crappy team to try and recoup his value for free agency next year but how can he complain making $12M over 2 years? Signing him certainly couldn’t hurt since the only bullpen moves the Sox have made thus far have been Matt Albers and Lenny DiNardo.

 

As for offering to Rivera, I don’t know how serious they were about it. I am inclined to believe it was a strategic move to prompt the Yanks to overpay him. Anything that tweaks the Yanks is a good move in my book. Hell, I wanted them to make a token offer to Jeter as well, just to stick it to them.



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:25 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

Not sure what this really accomplishes. Jenks is a decent closer, but he really struggled last year, and I can't help but fear that this will end up like the Eric Gagne trade in 2007.
Then again, we won in 2007 even with Eric Gagne really crapping the bed. So who knows.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

David Andriesen...you my friend are a moron. There is no "full blown closer controversy in Beantown"

Papelbon is the closer and in my opinion will remain the closer all year long unless obviously he gets hurt.  Jenks is simply another reliver to bolster the sox bullpen...if he ends up the closer in boston at sometime this year..then theres going to be a little trouble in Beantown



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

I think Paps would have to worry more about Bard then Jenks.  Not sure what Boston is thinking first offering money to Mariano then looking at Jenks.  I would think they would have been better off going after a proven reliever like Crain, Guerrier, or Downs.  Now they bring in another closer and try to convert him into a set up guy or middle reliver.  I would think they role could be filled by someone in their farm system or at least go after a lefty like Fuentes to give Oki a breather.  Seems like the Sox are just making a mess of their bullpen bringing in Jenks.  He doesn't exactly spell lights out anymore.  Heck throw a few more million in the contract in get Rafael Soriano.  Then you'd be doing something.



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 5:38 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

im not gunna argue with that one.  itshard to stay great as a reliever but both are solid and both have shown they can win.  The sox just need to add a good lefty.  Fuentes maybe.  But yea, right now ur right. Nothing to really "fear" at the moment



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

2 bad closers that looked good at the dawn of their career, but now its clear neither is really that great. im shaking in my boots



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

i agree.  I want paps to have a good season this year and i would love for this just to be a motivator for him to do well.  i like paps.  hes a boston guy.  he just needs to learn to throw more then a fastball because thats what all the young guys are throwing now and theres is a lot harder than his.  he needs to add movement to his slider or learn a curveball and increase his control on his splitter



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Red Sox have deal with Jenks

I just don't get why Boston wants to replace Papelbon. I see Daniel Bard and I think Kyle Farnsworth. The White Sox are not set in the pen and just let Jenks walk. I know he throws hard, but if he takes over for Papelbon, to me, it's a downgrade.


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