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White Sox ink Jenks, Quentin to one-year deals

Jan 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for bobby jenks white sox.jpgThe White Sox and reliever Bobby Jenks avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.
Jenks, who turns 29 in March, will receive a $1.9 million raise over a
2009 season that saw him post a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 27 saves in 35

Jenks fought a very public battle with the White Sox over the past few
months about his conditioning, a conflict some thought could lead to
him possibly being traded or even non-tendered in December. Amid
concerns about his weight, Jenks was sidelined during the season with
kidney stones and missed the final 12 games of the season with a
strained calf muscle.

2009 was mostly a reversal of fortunes for Jenks, as his strikeout rate
rebounded (8.27 K/9 from 5.55 K/9 in 2008) and he saw some more
giddy-up on his fastball, but he gave up a career-high nine home runs
in 53 1/3 innings, ultimately inflating his ERA. Pretty fluky, really,
since he’s primarily a groundball pitcher. Still, the conditioning angle is
something to watch this spring, as the White Sox have Matt Thornton and
J.J. Putz at the ready should Jenks continue to fall out of favor in
the organization.

The White Sox also avoided arbitration with outfielder Carlos Quentin
on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract. Limited
to just 99 games last season due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot,
the 27-year-old Quentin batted .236/.323/.456 with 21 homers and 56 RBI.

  1. Moses Green - Jan 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Not fluky at all actually, part of a continuing pattern. Poor conditioning leads to decreased velocity leads to overthrowing to regain said velocity. Overthrowing means the balls stay up in the zone, major league hitters punish that.
    For people drafting, expect his HR rate to stay high until or unless he gets in shape.

  2. larry - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    it is $7.5 million for jenks.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    What have you people done with Craig !?

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Craig’s down in Hotlanta, canoodling with Bobby about the Braves chances this year. Head on up there and straighten them out.

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