White Sox GM Frustrated With Jenks

Comments made earlier today by White Sox GM Ken Williams make closer Bobby Jenks' return less likely, writes Scott Merkin of MLB.com.  Jenks is eligible for arbitration but could find himself non-tendered this winter.

"That's something we have to evaluate strongly because I've been disappointed on a number of levels," the GM said. "And there are certain things that I'm not going to talk about right now." 

Jenks, 29, has missed significant time this year due to a series of injuries.  In 55 appearances, the closer turned in an ERA of 4.44 with 10.4 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9.  While Williams acknowledged that Jenks has accomplished great things in Chicago, he seems to know that retaining him might not make financial sense.  The righty earned $7.5MM in 2010 and is likely to receive a raise in arbitration.

In a recent poll, 85% of MLBTR readers said that they expect the White Sox to non-tender Jenks this winter.


9 Responses to White Sox GM Frustrated With Jenks Leave a Reply

  1. Red_Line_9 5 years ago

    I’d say Bobby Jenks has cashed his last ’05 Sox loyalty check.

  2. rgmillikan 5 years ago

    I’m glad the Sox will not tender Jenks. Not glad Ken Williams is back. He has complete disregard for the farm system. He should realize unless you have a 200 million payroll, to be competitive you cannot afford to constantly dump prospects at the trade deadline year after year after year etc.

  3. shysox 5 years ago

    The Tigers seem to need bullpen help.

  4. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Williams? Maybe if comparing him against people like Hendry, Minaya, Sabean and maybe Huntington. Wouldn’t go out and say he’s in to top 50% or anything, after all, this is the guy who paid premo for Peavy, thought head case Ramirez was the answer and let Pods go when he could have been kept for chump change.

  5. Premium for Peavy? How? Dont be fooled by Richard’s success. He is benefiting greatly from pitching in the NL and more importantly Petco. If he stays with the White Sox hes a 5th starter at best. Both Carter and Poreda digressed a lot and arent top tier prospects at all. Carter has 1 year wonder written all over him and Poreda will be a LH set up man at best. Not a premium for the quality SP that Peavy is. Manny is a non issue, they gave up nothing but a few million for him. Pods did have a surprising season this year, but Pierre was fine this year as well. Kenny is easily in the top 50% of GM’s.

  6. shysox 5 years ago

    We got a 4.70 ERA in return. Poreda and Carter are young still have potential.

  7. Well, if Richards has benefited greatly from Petco doesn’t it stand to reason that Peavy did as well? If that’s the case shouldn’t he have been valued properly instead of as an ace? The White Sox paid an ace price for Peavy.

    It works both ways. I understand why a White Sox fan would want to defend the trade but logic needs to be involved somewhere. I know Peavy generally had better road stats than home stats when he was with the Padres… but imagine what his home stats would have looked like had he not been in Petco. Like I said, it works both ways, the same for everyone. Don’t devalue Richards just because he’s the guy the Sox gave up if you’re not going to devalue the player you got in return similarly.

  8. Youre comparing apples to oranges. Clayton Richard has 1/2 the talent Jake Peavy does. Jake Peavy won cy youngs. Clayton Richard put up a slightly above average 3.7 ERA. Did I expect Peavy to come to Chicago and put up the same stats as he did in SD? Of course not, but he will put up much better #’s than Richard ever could here. You would have to be naive to think otherwise. And Dexter Carter was never a highly regarded prospect. He had a flash in the pan year in A last year that skyrocketed his value. Im not saying that it wasnt a good trade for SD, because it was. But it wasnt a bad trade for the White Sox either. Poreda probably has a decent future as a reliever in the MLB, but other than him the other pitchers they gave up had little value as starters in the AL in a very hitters friendly ballpark.

  9. Youre comparing apples to oranges. Clayton Richard has 1/2 the talent Jake Peavy does. Jake Peavy won cy youngs. Clayton Richard put up a slightly above average 3.7 ERA. Did I expect Peavy to come to Chicago and put up the same stats as he did in SD? Of course not, but he will put up much better #’s than Richard ever could here. You would have to be naive to think otherwise. And Dexter Carter was never a highly regarded prospect. He had a flash in the pan year in A last year that skyrocketed his value. Im not saying that it wasnt a good trade for SD, because it was. But it wasnt a bad trade for the White Sox either. Poreda probably has a decent future as a reliever in the MLB, but other than him the other pitchers they gave up had little value as starters in the AL in a very hitters friendly ballpark.

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