Jenks burst on the scene in 2005 after being claimed off waivers from the Angels. Jenks was high on potential but had many personal demons to fight -- including a propensity for the bottle -- but contributed to the World Series run before becoming full-time closer the next season.
173 total saves later, and it looks as if Jenks is done in Chicago. With a contentious relationship with Ozzie Guillen in tow, a myriad number of injuries that set him back in 2010 and a rising price tag, it no longer makes sense for Chicago to carry Jenks.
The 29-year-old, who finished with 27 saves and a 4.44 ERA over 52 2/3 innings, made $7.5 million and would have ended up around $9 million. Only a few teams are able to outlay that kind of money to a closer with a disappointing year (the Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon is one, where Papelbon is expected to get around $12 million in arbitration), and the White Sox certainly aren't one of them.
Internally, the team isn't lacking for replacements. The club could turn to Matt Thornton or Sergio Santos. Chicago could also entice free agent J.J. Putz back with the possibility of being a closer.
GM Kenny Williams can't be ruled out, however, at making a run at free agent Rafael Soriano or pulling off a trade.
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