Tag:Bobby Jenks
Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:25 am

White Sox figure to non-tender Jenks

Jenks The White Sox are expected to cut closer Bobby Jenks loose by the arbitration non-tender deadline later Thursday, ESPN Chicago relays.

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.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:27 pm

White Sox have plenty on plate

Pierzynski The White Sox may be bracing for life without Paul Konerko, and have plenty of other question marks to address if they hope to reclaim AL Central Division crown in 2011.

A life-long White Sox, Konerko eschewed an offer from the Angels after winning the 2005 World Series to re-up with the ChiSox. However, it sounds like Konerko's time in town could be done, even as Chicago hopes to retain him.

At the end of the season, Konerko said it was possible another team could lure him away from the White Sox even if Chicago makes a better offer, "because of what I'm feeling for myself and everybody involved in that moment," as ChicagoBreakingSports.com recalls.

The hint dropped, everyone caught it.

Fortunately for Chicago, there is no shortage of first-base options on the free-agent market, so they shouldn't have too much trouble replacing Konerko. One of said first-basemans joined the free-agent list Tuesday when the Diamondbacks declined his option -- Adam LaRoche. LaRoche could play very well at The Cell and give the White Sox close to what Konerko would give at significantly less dollars and years.

Meanwhile, the need for a left-handed hitter (LaRoche alert!), closer and catcher also keeps GM Kenny Williams awake at night.

The White Sox have always had interest in Colby Rasmus, who could solve their conundrum of a lefty (and an outfielder to boot, where the ChiSox can add a player) but given he is a young, up-and-coming star with the Cardinals, it will take a pretty penny to excise him -- troubles with Tony La Russa be damned.

More important at this time is the future of Bobby Jenks, as Mark Gonzales of ChicagoBreakingSports.com says "it would be stunning" if the White Sox allowed Jenks to return to the team for his final year of arbitration and pay him $9 million. The Red Sox have their same issue with Jonathan Papelbon, but are expected to retain him. Not so in Chicago, when the team has had frustrations with Jenks in the past.

They could elevate Matt Thornton to closer, if not even push Sergei Santos in the role, but Chicago could also ask J.J. Putz to return to town and entice him with the possibility of winning the closer's job. They could also be players for Rafael Soriano.

Lastly, the White Sox may be ready to see the A.J. Pierzynski (pictured) reign as backstop end. Prospect Tyler Flowers is an option to take over, and the club recently exercised a club option on Raul Castro to be a backup. They will dabble in trades (Mike Napoli?) and free agency (Miguel Olivo, John Buck, Victor Martinez?) to find their next catcher if Flowers is deemed ready.

The White Sox have a chance to make some noise this offseason. They have a good amount of money to spend, a desire to win and a GM that pulls no punches in doing so. Watch this team.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:25 am

R.I.P White Sox: Never a dull moment

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Chicago White Sox.

There's one thing about these Chicago White Sox, they're never dull. And that was the case again in 2010 as Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen had their own reality show and provided more than enough fodder in an ultimately unsuccessful season.


Jake Peavy The vaunted White Sox rotation never quite lived up to its billing -- Jake Peavy (pictured, left) had his search cut in half with injury, and even before that he was medicore, going 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA. Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gavin Floyd were merely slightly above average.

The team's hole at designated hitter was only magnified by watching their old flame -- the one they dumped -- marry up, as Jim Thome not only hit 25 homers, but he did it for the division-winning Twins. And then there's Manny Ramirez ... but that's an old story.


The White Sox went on one of the longest hot streaks of the season, a stretch of 25 victories in 30 games to erase Minnesota's 9 1/2-game lead. But after that, the team just couldn't keep it going and saw its own lead in the division disappear.

Paul Konerko (pictured, below) had a fabulous season, hitting .312/.393/.584 with 39 homers and 111 RBI. (If you're talking about Konerko, it's good for him this season came in the final year of his contract.)


The White Sox got a glimpse of the future at the end of the season. Brent Morel played 24 games and didn't put up the prettiest numbers at the big league level, but he could be the starting third baseman next season.

More impressive was 2010 first-rounder Chris Sale. The organization expects the left-hander to start. As a reliever -- in an attempt to limit his innings -- Sale showed the potential of a future ace. Fresh out of a small college, he wasn't intimidated by big league hitters, appearing in 21 games and amassing just a 1.93 ERA. He struck out 32 batters in 23 1/3 innings and walked 10 with a WHIP of 1.071.

Paul Konerko EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Since winning the World Series in 2005, it's been title or bust for Williams and Guillen. That's not going to change now.


The biggest question for Williams will be if he can afford to keep Konerko, a White Sox mainstay. Konerko had a huge year and is a free agent, but he'll also be 35 on opening day and will command a big price tag, plus a multiyear contract. If you're going to spend that kind of money, why not give Adam Dunn a shot? Or, heck, go for broke (which they've been known to do) and sign both. The team certainly wouldn't lack power with a Konerko-Dunn tandem.

It'll be easy to let Bobby Jenks go, but who to replace him as the club's closer? I like Matt Thornton, but I'm not so sure Williams/Guillen is ready to lean no the lefty and take him out of the set-up role.


The Magic 8 Ball tells us to ask again later, there's too much time between now and April to know just what the White Sox will look like. This much is sure, the White Sox will be interesting, even if it's just the manager and general manager.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:21 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 4:17 pm

Is Jenks done with White Sox?

Bobby Jenks May Bobby Jenks have thrown his last pitch for the White Sox?

MLB.com's Scott Merkin speculates he has.

The White Sox closer hasn't pitched since saving both ends of a Sept. 4 doubleheader in Boston. Jenks is suffering from ulnar neuritis, causing pain in his right forearm and tingling in his right arm.

Sunday, Ozzie Guillen said Jenks may not make the team's road trip to Oakland and Anaheim, and if he doesn't do that, he is unlikely to pitch the rest of the season.

Jenks is a third-year arbitration eligible player and made $7.5 million in 2010. Merkin speculates Jenks could be a non-tender candidate.

That's why it's unsurprising Guillen talked about Jenks in the past tense:

"Every time he's been on the mound, he's been great for us," Guillen said. "We gambled with this kid and it worked pretty good. We win the lottery. This kid was in Double-A and we picked him up and he pitched very well for us. Hopefully we get him back, but that's someone else's department. He was great for the White Sox organization."

It will be interesting to see if Jenks garners much attention, especially at his high price tag.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:27 pm

White Sox put Putz, Thornton on DL

Bobby Jenks
Not long ago, everyone was calling for Bobby Jenks to be deposed as White Sox closer. After all, Chicago had options from the right (J.J. Putz) and left (Matt Thornton) sides that were both pitching incredibly well.

How quickly things can change. On Wednesday, both Putz and Thornton were put on the disabled list, and the White Sox are feeling lucky to have Jenks (pictured) around.

Thornton has an elbow problem and Putz, who came out of Tuesday's game after just three pitches, a knee problem. Both have had MRI exams that showed no damage, but both need time and are unavailable. The Chicago bullpen, which also saw Tony Pena throw seven innings in a spot start Saturday, is in dire straits.

Coming up as reinforcements are left-hander Erick Threets, who is coming back from a DL stint due to turf toe, and rookie right-hander Lucas Harrell, whose only major-league appearance was a successful start on July 30.

"I need some guys that can go out there," manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after Tuesday's game. "I'm not saying we're in trouble, but I think everyone in the bullpen has to pick it up a notch for at least the next seven days ... We'll figure it out."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:34 pm

Jenks should be available Wednesday

Bobby Jenks White Sox closer Bobby Jenks said he''ll be available on Wednesday for manager Ozzie Guillen.

There had been speculation the White Sox would have to place him on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back, but he told reporters on Tuesday that he'd be available for the team's second game against the first-place Twins.

"[The spasms] were like a little cramp that wouldn't release," Jenks said, according to the Chicago Tribune .

Jenks warmed up on Tuesday at Target Field.

The White Sox could use even the struggling Jenks, as J.J. Putz blew two saves this weekend against the Tigers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 12:20 pm

Jenks trying to reclaim closer's spot

Bobby Jenks Bobby Jenks has had quite an up-and-down season for the White Sox, currently scrapping to lead the AL Central Division.

Despite racking up 140 saves in 249 2/3 innings with a 3.28 ERA from 2006-09, Jenks is struggling with a 5.01 ERA on the season, racking up 23 saves. The burly right-hander has been effective in just one month, with an 0.75 ERA in June that saw him rack up 10 saves. Otherwise, he's been a horror show and has lost his job multiple times according to manager Ozzie Guillen, only to come out and pick up saves the next several games. This latest iteration has the choke collar on Jenks tightened, as Guillen isn't willing to put him back in a save situation until he proves himself after pitching a clean ninth inning Tuesday in a non-save situation.

''What I see from him, it was good,'' Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times . ''Is it good enough? Not yet. I want to see him one more time to see how he's doing. I want him to grab his job. I want him to be the guy. We all want that. Maybe he's the one who doesn't believe we want him there, but we do want him there."

Guillen has flexibility in a two-headed setup monster tandem of J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton, so he can easily afford to mix-and-match save situations. However, Jenks may actually have had little cause to lose his job past dumb luck. His xFIP is a sterling 2.57, with his .385 BABIP leading the way in damage. While BABIP is in part driven by ballparks, it is far more driven by luck and defense, which have abandoned him so far in 2010. In addition, his home runs are leaving the park at a greater clip than average, unsurprising when one considers his home park.

Lastly, he has stranded just 63.4 percent of runners on base, significantly below his 73.5 percent career average, which is similar to league average. All told, the 29-year-old has been unlucky.

The problem is that Jenks is up to $7.5 million a year in an environment where only truly dominating closers get megabucks over an extended contract. Closers are still being paid archaically under arbitration, much to Jenks' and Jonathan Papelbon's pleasure, but the free agent market figures to be colder.

And with Thornton under the fold and a possible resigning of Putz by Chicago, Jenks may find himself non-tendered in the offseason as he will have one more cycle of arbitration and could sniff $10 million, especially with a strong finish. If so, he shouldn't have any trouble finding a closer's gig for 2011, but would certainly have trouble matching that $7.5 million payout.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 7:59 pm

Tepid vote of confidence for Jenks

Bobby Jenks Bobby Jenks is still the closer for the White Sox. For now.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that Jenks would get the call if a save situation came up tonight against the Orioles, but beyond that, Guillen didn't sound as if he had too much confidence in his closer.

Jenks gave up a three-run, game-tying homer in Thursday's extra-inning victory in Detroit.
"He will give up on himself," Guillen said Friday in explaining why he is sticking with Jenks, who has a 10.56 ERA since the All-Star break. "I don't give up on players, they give up on themselves. The players will dictate to me or us how we're going to use them."

For the third time, Guillen second-guessed the pitch selection of Jenks and put the responsibility on his closer.

"He's the one who threw the ball," Guillen said after Jenks hit Ramon Santiago on a 1-2 curve and then hung a breaking pitch that resulted in the three-run homer to Ryan Raburn. "I don't blame the catcher. You're the one that has the ball in your hands, you're the one that says yes or no.''
Matt Thornton would likely be the next in line for the White Sox, with J.J. Putz or Sergio Santos as other potential candidates. The left-handed Thornton was an All-Star and has performed on the same level since the game, not giving up an earned run in eight appearances since the break.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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