Rumors: Red Sox on Verge of Deal with Jenks

Update 2:40: Heyman is now reporting that Jenks is on the verge of a deal with the Boston Red Sox. Just terrible.

Update: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported that Jenks is looking for “closer money” around $8 million. This does likely take the Yankees out of the running, but I’m not convinced that it does.

Original post: Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Sources: Heavy action on Jenks. Rays have interest, as do Yankees and others. Not close to a decision.

Bobby Jenks, 29, is the former closer for the Chicago White Sox. He was non-tendered by them a few weeks back because he was due a raise in arbitration after earning $7.5 million last season.

2010 was a rough season for Jenks. He posted the worst ERA of his career at 4.44 and his second highest WHIP at 1.367. He could be due to see a nice bounce back in 2011 though as his K/9 rate was impressive at 10.4 and so his walk rate wasn’t bad at 3.1 BB/9.

The Rays are interested in signing him too and they have an open closer spot with Rafael Soriano leaving via free agency. The Yankees are only offering him a spot in front of Mariano Rivera which makes him more likely to take that job. The reason is because even though a ‘save’ is a meaningless stat he can make a lot more money a year the next time he’s on the free agent market if he has a bunch of them.

So if the Yankees really want him they’re going to have to beat the Rays offer which shouldn’t be too hard. It is more prestigious to be a closer though so he may still want the job in Tampa. Hopefully winning means something to him.

So what do you think? Do you want to see Jenks in the Yankees pen?

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11 Responses to Rumors: Red Sox on Verge of Deal with Jenks

  1. Mike B. says:

    Does anyone think if George was still alive & running things Lee would have signed in Philadelphia? Now we may get out bid by….TAMPA for Jenks?

    The Stein brothers void the passion that Big Stein had with this team. Note to Stein brothers…Sell team to Trump & cash out… he is another NY ego maniac Billionaire thats also a deal maker.

  2. Mike S. says:

    Yes, I believe Lee still would have signed with Philly. It's where his heart was. Like the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. What about the Yanks' offer wasn't fair? The years? The money? In the end, Lee went to where he wanted to go all along. It (the Yanks' offer) was a good, fair offer.

    George is dead. You also know another saying, if "if's and buts were candy and nuts …."

  3. I'm not sure how old you are, but George's passion was NOT always a good thing. Maybe if he were around he would have done some good things, but he certainly would have done at least as many bad things too.

  4. Lincoln says:

    I'm wondering where the Jon Rauch rumors are? I think he'd be an excellant set-up guy for Rivera. Maybe Chad Durbin to fill in the middle innings, using Joba for the seventh?

  5. Musky2900 says:

    I don't think it would have matter if GMS was around. Lee was dead set on Philly and just filling his time until Philly made their offer by entertaining the Yanks offer. I live in the Philly area and the radio stations are mailing in the WS2011 victory already. It is hilarious to listen to uneducated turn coat fans who are back on the band wagon.

    • Mike S. says:

      What gets me is the Philly baseball fans/stations that don't know baseball history.

      Would I favor the Phils to win the 2011 WS? Of course.


      Maddux Glavine Smoltz and fill in #4 (Avery, Millwood, Neagle…depends on the year) won only one WS. In the 144-game season of 1995.

      2002 and 2003. Wells (239) Pettitte (240 and counting?) Mussina (270) and Clemens (354 wins) composed the top four of the Yanks' staff (and in 2002, an injured El Duque was there too for 1/2 the year). We Yankee fans know what happened. No WS Titles.

      Early and mid 1950's. The Indians had Feller (last good year 1954, 19 starts, 13-3, 22 g. winner 1951; HOF), Lemon (HOF), Wynn (HOF) and Garcia. Then when Feller got old and retired, Herb Score for two years until the McDougald line drive. Just the 1954 pennant, and they got swept in the WS.

      1920 White Sox. 4 20-game winners in Faber, Cicotte, Williams and Kerr, but a few weeks before the end of the season, the you-know-what hit the fan about the previous year. 2nd place. Cicotte and Williams kicked out of baseball.

      1971 Orioles. 4 20g. winners in Cuellar, McNally, Palmer and Dobson. Lost game 7 of the ws.

      1966 Dodgers. Koufax last year, Drysdale, Osteen and a 21 year old Don Sutton. Swept in the WS.

      The 1989 Mets came in 2nd despite having these six pitchers start in that season: Cone, Fernandez, Darling, Ojeda, Gooden and Viola.

      I won't list more, but you get the idea. While the Phils have a great Phoursome, history shows it isn't a lock. But some people have no clue about history…

      • Jamie says:

        GREAT job, Mike. I've already tired of the Boston-Philadelphia 2011 World Series meeting coronation as well. That might very well be the eventual match-up but so many things can happen before then. And let's not forget that Philadelphia's rotation is now, minus 27 year-old Cole Hamels – all in their early to mid-thirties and injuries can ravage their team enough to prevent that from happening. Ditto Boston. Their rotation already has had a serious of injuries – plus 6th man Tim Wakefield.

        The arrogance of each market's media and fan base doesn't just remind me of the frequent same charges made against the Yankees and their media and fan base – and quite often rightfully so if we're all being completely honest with ourselves and each other – but also serves as a slap in the face to the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants.

        Incidentally, but not coincidentally, people are conveniently forgetting that it was indeed San Francisco that cut through the vaunted returning trio of the Phillies and then absolutely embarrassed and humiliated Cliff Lee himself, not destroying his aura of invincibility on the way to a World Series title in rather convincing fashion.

        In the meantime, I'm more than happy to let the Yankees fly under the radar for once. The returning staff and young arms still inspire just enough confidence at the worst to feel they can at worst make things interesting.

  6. Mike S. says:

    Jenks wants closer $ and may want to close (hence Tampa). MLBTR is stating he wants $8MM? Cashman has stated that he isn't giving closer $ to a setup guy.

  7. That was before missing out on Lee though that he said he wouldn't give closer money to a setup guy. I'm not convinced that has changed, but I wouldn't be surprised if it has.

  8. Bronx Knight says:

    Jenks signs with the Red Sox. It's like a parade of horribles for the Yankees this month.

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