Yesterday’s Bobby Jenks – Oney Guillen brouhaha spurred some discussion about Jenks’ character, and brought a 2005 ESPN article about Jenks and his upbringing to my attention. The article suggests that Jenks is lacking in terms of intelligence, and that he is a “backwoods” guy with a drinking problem. The following anecdote caught my eye: His ex-agent says Bobby Jenks used to call him D.J., short for Dirty Jew. The agent says Bobby would say it casually on phone messages — “Call me back, D.J.” — and while Bobby denies it, it’s a window into the mystery of a backwoods Continue reading Discussion: Rooting For The Uniform?
The Red Sox made an excellent move today, signing Bobby Jenks to a 2 year, 12 million dollar deal. While some have suggested this means Jonathan Papelbon is on the trading block, I do not see how they would get nearly enough value for him in a trade for it to make sense. He is expensive and coming off a bad season, so any suitors will be loathe to take on his money and give up decent prospects. It is possible that Boston just lets him go to dump his salary, but I would not count on it. I really Continue reading Bullpen Notes: Boston Adds Jenks, Yankees Eye Soriano
ETA, 3:20pm. As I noted in the comments, news recently broke that Jenks will be signing with the Red Sox, for less than I expected — two years, $12 million. However, the below analysis still stands; only now Boston will get to benefit from him instead of the Yankees. It appears that Kerry Wood, who we looked at yesterday in tandem with Rafael Soriano as potential lockdown bullpen solutions for the Yankees, is going to re-join the Chicago Cubs. However, another former flamethrowing Chicago relief pitcher from the other side of town is apparently on the Yankees’ radar — the Continue reading The graphical Bobby Jenks
MLBTR put together a list of players who are likely to be non-tendered, and I want to highlight a few names who might be interesting to the Yankees. I looked at hitters last week, and will focus on hitters today: JP Howell: Howell is coming off a shoulder injury that cost him all of the 2010 season, so he is definitely a risk if you are counting on him to be a major cog in your bullpen. If his contract is small enough, however, he is certainly worth taking a chance on. Howell was terrible for the first portion of Continue reading Interesting Non-Tender Candidates: Pitchers
With the Yankees suddenly flush with outfielders and likely to add another bat before the end of the offseason, clubs are moving in on Brett Gardner as a cheap, reasonably productive option for their open center field jobs. From MLBTR: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times hears from a scout familiar with the situation that the White Sox covet Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. The Yankees, who just acquired Curtis Granderson, have extra outfielders so the White Sox and Royals have inquired on Gardner. I’m not sure about the Royals, but I do have one name picked out on the White Continue reading Gardner Garnering Interest From White Sox, Royals
Time for a bit of speculative fun. From Phil Rogers (Chicago Tribune): Teams looking to add pitching in midseason trades could be disappointed. There’s not a lot on the market, which could play to the White Sox’s advantage if they decide to deal Jose Contreras. They have a decision to make on Bobby Jenks — try to sign him to a long-term contract or listen to offers. They could get a lot if they moved him, with teams such as the Angels, Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, Phillies, Mets and Brewers looking to beef up their bullpens. Look, Up in the Sky: Continue reading Trade Target: Bobby Jenks