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?