White Sox Considering Jenks, Cabrera Extensions

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times says the White Sox "began preliminary talks last month on a contract extension" for closer Bobby Jenks.  GM Kenny Williams also hopes to extend new shortstop Orlando Cabrera before the season begins.

Jenks, 27 in March, has a 3.26 career ERA with 87 saves in 174 innings. Last year he traded some missed bats for improved command, while also maintaining a strong groundball rate.  By my count he is eligible for arbitration after the ’08 season and free agency after 2011.

Cabrera, 33, hit .301/.345/.397 for the Angels in ’07. Bill James’ panel of ten experts ranked his defense 11th among shortstops.  He makes $9MM in ’08, though the Angels are paying $1.5MM of it.

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