Tag:J.J. Putz
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 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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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.


The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:04 am

'Options open' for White Sox closer role

Bobby Jenks After blowing a lead in two of his past three appearances, Bobby Jenks' job as closer with the White Sox is no longer secure.

Manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters "our options are open" after Jenks surrendered a game-ending two-run single to Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez, sending the Sox to a 2-1 loss in the 11th inning.

In four outings since the All-Star break, Jenks has emerged unscathed just once, given up six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings and lost twice. His ERA is up to 5.09, which is not exactly what you want from your closer while trying to hold onto a division lead.

"I feel for him, like everyone else here," guillen said. "We win together, we lose together. But in the meanwhile, I wish he'd throw the ball better because of the last couple outings. Not because we lose the game, but because I don't see anything on the ball."

This isn't the first time this season Guillen has declared the closer's role open, though Jenks has managed to keep the job and prior to Wednesday had converted 15 consecutive save chances.

One reason Guillen is feeling antsy about Jenks is because he has other good options. Right-hander J.J. Putz, once a closer in Seattle, has made a franchise-record 25 consecutive scoreless appearances. All-Star lefty Matt Thornton hasn't been scored upon in his past 15 outings.

-- David Andriesen

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