MLB.com’s Scott Merkin talked to White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time. Jenks told Merkin there’s been no talk of an extension to date. He sounds willing though:
"For me, if the White Sox offer a fair, long-term deal, we would take it [over] arbitration. If it’s not considered fair, then even as a worst-case scenario, I’m excited to go into arbitration with what I’ve been told is a strong case."
Jenks figures to top the first-year arb figure Huston Street received a few years ago, $3.3MM. Jonathan Papelbon is also eligible for arbitration for the first time.