Red Sox, Jenks Talking Settlement

The Red Sox are negotiating a contract settlement with reliever Bobby Jenks that would end his association with the team, Nick Cafardo and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe report. Jenks has spent the entire 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list and isn’t expected to pitch this season.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12MM deal in December of 2010, not long after being non-tendered by the White Sox. Biceps and back injuries limited him to just 15 2/3 innings last year, when he walked nearly one batter per inning. The 31-year-old Legacy Sports Group client underwent two back surgeries this past offseason, and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident this March.

36 Responses to Red Sox, Jenks Talking Settlement Leave a Reply

  1. Adam Strauss 3 years ago

    and good bye

  2. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Awesome!  Wow, how will this effect the payroll.  Will it just come off the top? 

    This could be a precursor of something else to come! 

    Edit: Also, not to bash Theo, bc he deserves much love, but did anyone else think this was terrible signing?

    • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

      I definitely voiced my opinion on it back then. I mean, I thought he would struggle in the AL East… but would at least take the field regularly. 

      • TimotheusATL 3 years ago

        wait…you’re suggesting you (or someone else on this site) suggested that someone would struggle in the AL East?

        you win the jon heyman “shock of the week” award!

        • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

          Ha! Save it for everyone who thought (and thinks) the AL East has no effect on a  pitcher’s ability. 
          But back to the story.. Many people on this site thought Jenks was a great signing to bolster the bullpen at the time, along with Wheeler and the other RP they signed that year. Pap was coming off a bad year, and people actually thought Jenks could replace him as closer if need be, and the signing could be a precursor to a Pap trade. 

          Just to put things in context. 

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      I thought this was a solid signing at the time given his previous success and the inevitable departure of Papelbon.

      •  As did I. Chalk that up as a loss lol.

      • Croagnut 3 years ago

        His ERA, WHIP and waistline had grown for two years, before signing.  I posted it was a lousy signing here.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          unless you predicted injuries would keep him off the field for the entire 2 years, that wasn’t a good take on your part

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          I don’t doubt that you did…  That doesn’t mean you were right.

  3. Mike Boyer 3 years ago

    get rid of the bum

  4. Sarah Carroll 3 years ago

    Wow, what a waste of money! :(

    • Lastings 3 years ago

      He doesn’t even come close to what Lackey is doing to the Sox…

  5. JaiKudo 3 years ago

    Ozzie was right along along with Jenks!!  Good bye, thanks for nothing!

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       Guillen? Isn’t this that racist who abandoned even Chicago?

  6. I heard the settlement involves a ride to the liquor store twice a month until this coming November, as well as 13 buckets of chicken.

    • GoAwayNow 3 years ago

      His OUI was related to pain medication he was on due to the severe back pain from the operation that almost killed him. Not defending him just saying it wasn’t drunk driving.

  7. jed_hoyer 3 years ago

    he has to go live with theo

  8. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    Jenks will get every penny left on his contract and the Red Sox will free up a roster spot. That’s the settlement. It’s a win, win.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      he’s on the 60 day DL, so he’s not taking up a roster spot anyway. 

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Now why can’t the Yanks do it with Feliciano?

    • jb226 3 years ago

      …I think the word you’re looking for is “release.”  If that’s what it was they wouldn’t be negotiating anything.  Plus, Jenks is already not taking up a roster spot by virtue of being on the 60-day DL.

      They’re obviously trying to get away with paying less money somehow.  I wonder how the MLBPA is going to feel about it, regardless of whether or not Jenks agrees. They’re probably trying to work out a deal where they give him a chunk of cash less than the remaining contract and he retires.

      • UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

        jb226, I can’t see any reason why Jenks would take any settlement for less the entire amount he’s owed. What’s preventing him from pitching is his injury NOT his DUI.

    • UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

      Gentlemen, I thought it a given that I meant his release would free up a roster spot when they agree on a settlement.  I don’t think he will be on the 60 day DL for the rest of the season but I certainly could be wrong. I guess I should have been clearer in my initial comment. Hopefully this explains it better.

  9. MB923 3 years ago

    If it means much, he’s taking up a spot on the 40 man roster.

  10. MB923 3 years ago

    @melonis_rex:disqus , my above post was to you, the reply didn’t work. He’s taking up a spot on the 40 man roster technically (I think!!)

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      Nope, players on the 60 Day DL don’t take up a spot on the 25 or 40 man rosters.

      • MB923 3 years ago

        According to their 40 man roster page, he’s on it

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Ahhh nevermind you’re right. I see the whole list which is above 40 players

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            Yeah, there are 47 players on that list, and 7 of them are on the 60 day DL.

  11. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    Essentially, they pay him to go away.  Then they don’t have to put any effort into his rehab from the back injury.  As an aside, Mr. Jenks might want to stop his use of alcohol.  He had all sorts of problems when he was in the minors with the Angels if I’m not mistaken, as well as his spring incident.

    • Jenks was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the fifth round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft. In one minor league game, the radar gun clocked his fastball at 100 mph.[1] During his time with the Angels organization, Jenks spent much of his time on the disabled list because of elbow trouble. In May 2002, according to published reports, he was suspended for repeatedly bringing beer on the Double-A Arkansas Travelers team’s bus, and was demoted to Single-A.[2] Jenks’ career with the Angels ended when he was designated for assignment by the team in December 2004

  12. CHendershott 3 years ago

    Bet he signs with the Marlins

  13. chee1rs 3 years ago

    another waste of money

  14. Hope we get another Bobby Bonilla scenario

  15. Manfrenjensen 3 years ago

    Though many (most?) veteran MLB contracts contain a “Personal Conduct” clause, the MLBPA has made it very difficult for teams to void a contract based on that.  If they try, it tends to go to arbitration, and usually is decided in the player’s favor.  This “settlement discussion” is probably a way for the player to get most of what he’s owed, without the team having to go through a protracted arbitration process that they would most likely lose.  Not saying that his injury status isn’t a huge part of this, but either way the Sox are probably only going to save less than $1M on the total $12M contract value.

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