Dec 7, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Geoff Jenkins is planning to make a comeback after sitting out all of 2009. Jenkins was a bust for the Phillies after signing a two-year, $13 million deal two winters ago, hitting .246/.301/.391 in 2008 while losing his starting job to Jayson Werth.
When the Phillies picked up Matt Stairs to be their left-handed bench bat they outright released Jenkins, eating around $7 million. All of which is especially interesting because Jenkins’ agent told Crasnick that the 35-year-old is now “looking for a Matt Stairs-type role” off a contender’s bench.
In his prime Jenkins was an underrated all-around player who knocked around right-handed pitching while combining excellent power with outstanding defense in right field. He hasn’t posted an .800 OPS since 2005 and Jenkins’ glove is likely no longer an asset, but he could still have some decent pop in his bat against right-handers. Expect him to get at most a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
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