Red Sox Release Bobby Jenks

9:46pm: The Sox agreed to pay $4.5MM of the $6MM owed to Jenks for the 2012 season, writes Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.

3:36pm: The Red Sox announced that they reached a contract termination settlement with Bobby Jenks and placed the right-hander on unconditional release waivers. Jenks has spent the 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list recovering from offseason back surgery.

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.


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58 Comments on "Red Sox Release Bobby Jenks"


Holidayjesus
3 years 1 month ago

LOL SO MUCH MONEY GONE

CoachBlume
3 years 29 days ago

so true… what a waste.

3 years 1 month ago

Worse contract: Bobby Jenks or Julio Lugo?

Discuss

Holidayjesus
3 years 1 month ago

John Lackey

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

We have a winner.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Hey, what about me?

– C. Crawford

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Yet another prematurely judged far too soon. Nice to write a guy off at the age of 30 when he has had 1 bad season, then has an injury after an illustrious 8 year career isn’t it? Why not write off AGone also while you are at it..

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Always liked watching him play, but I’m pretty sure that giving a 29 year-old a seven year deal when a lot of his value comes from his speed and defense is not advisable.  I’m not writing him off by any means, but I am almost positive that paying him $20MM+ a year through 2017 isn’t going to turn out to be a very good investment.

Far far more optimistic on AGone’s deal.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Oh yeah.. CC got far too much for sure. I think he will be a good player however, maybe not quite as good as he was in TB, but still a solid player for 3-4 seasons.

For bad contracts, his is no worse than Jayson Werth, that monstrous 10 season deal that both Fielder and Pujols got, the new one ARod is working on. Those are brutal also.

CC should be able to come back and put up 3-+ steals, play a near GG defense at fenway and create havoc overall and be kind of a replacement for the style of play after Ells is trade/walks as a FA. Teams need that, but yeah.. It was a overpay, just like that older deal for Drew.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

why would the sox trade ellsbury?

jackie bradley is still in a ball and kalish hasn’t shown prolonged ability to stay healthy and in the majors yet.

If in the off chance that neither of those pan out, i have to think Cherington would seriously consider resigning Ellsbury.

(and yes, i’m entirely aware that ellsbury is represented by boras)

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 I think CC is a natural CF and would be just as good there if he wanted and was willing to move. Kalish also is a decent CF and has the ability to play any position.

yeah, bradley is probably a year and a half away (he’s at AA now btw) but should be a terrific slap/gap hitter at the MLB level and is supposed to be an outstanding fielder, something Ells simply is not. GG even though he won.

Ells I would really like to see moved over the off season and the more than likely 12-14m he will be paid next year redirected towards a 2 year deal at Cody Ross to play RF.

3 years 1 month ago

 Love the idea of Cody Ross playing right field for at least two years maybe three. CC’s contract pretty much says Els is going to be traded. He’s the best chip the got if he could come back healthy and have a strong finish. Especially with Nava playing solid ball, although he could be traded too! They have to bolster the starting rotation as it seems beckett is now on the down side and Lester and Buck can’t find any consistency. Lacky? If he comes back and can give you 10-12 wins in the five spot then great! I love Els but he may get squeezed out thanks to that $142 million we owe CC! Thanks again Theo!

lefty177
3 years 1 month ago

Do you think we could/should try to get Swish in the offseason?

johnsilver
3 years 30 days ago

 Ross would probably sign cheaper and his power is perfectly suited for Fenway.. LF/LCF and he is a FB hitter.

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

he’s murdering AA ball now, for the record. but he’s also 22

ellsbury shouldn’t be resigned or traded. his stock is low and i honestly have no idea what his true talent level is. in all seriousness, i have no idea at all

3 years 1 month ago

 His talent? Did you watch last season at all????? He could be another Rickey Henderson if he stays healthy! .300+ AVG. 30 HR, 40SB
Are you kidding me???

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

have you watched anything other than last season

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Ells is so hard to read. He went from gap hitter and all speed, to somewhat muscled up and Ricky Henderson with muscles as the above poster said, but only 1 season.

Going to be awfully tricky for any GM to commit long term like Boras is going to want after another injury for at least a half season, even if he has another season close to his 2011 season next year. That is why I want him moved over the winter..As long as he produces some.. If he is sluggish this year? Hang onto him over the winter, hope he starts off the season fast and beging 2013 with Bradley at Pawtucket, since he seems to be having no problems at AA so far.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

Don’t agree, power players tend to hold up pretty good compared to speed guys.  His problem is that crawford’s game is dependent upon his speed.  He is not a power guy, so alot of his triples will turn into doubles, and his doubles may often be just singles.

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

you have that exactly backwards

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

I mean yea sure they can no longer play the field, but they have better production.  In 2017 CC and AGon will both be making ~21M, I am sure that AGon will be more valuable at that point.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

lets give Crawford another chance…he still has potential but he is still not worth over 20 million dollars even if he was putting up numbers like he was in Tampa

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

For sure, there was no way that he could ever live up to his contract, maybe if he batted righty he could be able to muster quite a few balls over the monster.

3 years 1 month ago

 Dice-K

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Lackey still has pitched innings and pitched needing TJ all of last season. He has a chance to be a back end SP for 3 more years. Lugo was sunk cost from the start, as was Jenks and rent-a-wreck (Rentaria).

slider32
3 years 1 month ago

What about me, Bailey!

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

That was a trade there and he is still year to year arbitration. 

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

 and he’s not going to get a significant raise in arb after spending almost half the season hurt for the third season in a row.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Oh I agree again with you Rex, as with Slider above. We had/have been mentioning FA had thought.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

i wasn’t disagreeing with you; just had to make a friendly addendum. :-)

(And Sox fans are in for a real treat once Bailey’s healthy. Guy is nails. Pure nails).

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

I was really excited about the Jenks deal when it happened, until his entire body just fell apart.

3 years 1 month ago

Although I will admit Lackey has not lived up to his salary, Jenks and Lugo were far worse. Jenks threw how many innings with the Red Sox? And Lugo was basically collecting unemployment from the Sox for 2 years.

I may have to reconsider my question though, now that I hear they came to terms with terminating Jenks’ contract all together.

slider32
3 years 1 month ago

Lackey and Dice-K.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

 That’s a clown question bro

3 years 1 month ago

I got you all beat, hands down! Eric Gagne!!!!!!!

3 years 1 month ago

Jenks, hands down. At least Lugo played and stole some bases. I kept forgetting that Jenks was even WITH the Sox.

3 years 1 month ago

 They won a world series with Lugo 😉

3 years 29 days ago

Jack Clark     Larry anderson for Bbiggio.

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

he hasn’t got a call yet but he’s driving straight to the skydome

Trout Almonte
3 years 1 month ago

In Today’s news, an accident occurred on westbound 401 where a man around 6’4″ and 255 lbs was involved but was gone before the OPP arrived on the scene.  The man is suspected to have been driving under influence.

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

Any White Sox fan could of told Theo that Jenks was washed up…very strange signing

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

I actually thought it was a good signing at the time, and he didn’t appear to be washed up.  The fact of the matter is he didn’t even get a chance to show what he could do after signing with the Red Sox, he pitched 15 innings last year, and none this year.  It was an injury problem, not a sucks at pitching problem.

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

He was battling injuries his last two years in Chicago so the injuries should not have been a surprise and the walk issue was a problem in Chicago as well

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Minor injuries, and he was still around 60 innings pitched each year.  There was nothing to suggest that he would only pitch 15 innings in two years.  And in his last four years with the White Sox his highest BB/9 was 3.08, which is far from a “problem.”

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Many thought his “problem” was nothing more than the Chisox then manger, Guillen and that is nothing that hasn’t been said before. Guillen had a problem with Nick Swisher also, who moved onto the Yankees and flourished.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

61:18 K:BB in 52.2 innings in 2010, so not sure he was “washed up”….

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

He couldn’t save a game to save his life that is all I care about, he couldn’t do his job in Chicago

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

There’s the truth right there.  It was really all about the “save.”  Jenks was a very good late inning reliever, but because he didn’t have enough saves people thought he sucked.

Uncontested
3 years 27 days ago

Washed up when your job is to prevent the other team from scoring.. no one cares about your K:BB ratio when you blow key saves constantly.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 1 month ago

Wait, the Red Sox signed Bobby Jenks?

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Lee county might whenever he gets his DUI situation resolved.

Think they have different colored uniforms there however. 😉

3 years 1 month ago

I googled Julio Lugo and it came back “Why?” But all joking aside, the Sox did get some cash from the Cards as well as Shelly Duncan’s brother so I say Jenks. Lackey has chewed up innings.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

Chris duncan would have been a pretty good aquisition if he ever got healthy again. 

soxluv
3 years 1 month ago

This is sad. Ozzie helped turn Jenks’ life around in 05 but Jenks fell off the wagon. Several years later Ozzie had it with him and Jenks was dead to Ozzie. I’ll never blame Ozzie for the Swisher thing – Swisher was horrible in Chicago and Ozzie stuck with him as long as he could. Then Swisher started to act like an a-hole and it affected the team in the middle of a playoff run. Even the choir boys in Chicago (think Konerko and Thome) had it with Swisher. All that said, it was time for Ozzie to go – enjoying the Ventura team for many reasons too numerous to cite here.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

Anyone know how (or if) this effects their payroll as far as the luxury tax is concerned?

lefty177
3 years 1 month ago

From my understanding they now have an extra $1.5 million to work with because they’re paying $4.5 instead of his total $6

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

Sadly, this one of the only good moves Cherington has made all season…

Eduardo Medina
3 years 1 month ago

Bobby who?