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Bobby Jenks’ contract with Red Sox includes incentives for games finished

Dec 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Bobby Jenks

General manager Theo Epstein has made it very clear that Jonathan Papelbon remains the Red Sox’s closer, but it’s worth noting that Bobby Jenks’ new two-year, $12 million deal with Boston includes $1 million in incentives each season based on games finished.

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks can earn $200,000 for each of 30, 40, 50, 55, and 60 games finished in both 2011 and 2012.

Last season Papelbon finished 53 games while no one else on the team had more than 17, so clearly Jenks would have to take over closer duties pretty early in the season for the incentives to begin piling up in 2011.

  1. BC - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Anyone think they ditch Crapelbon at the trading deadline if they think Jenks has enough in the tank?

    • uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2010 at 10:43 AM

      Absolutely. But you have his name wrong. I thought it was Papelpoop. Anyway the Red Sox are just looking to give Bard another year of experience. Jenks replaces Papelpoop at the trade deadline and then Bard becomes the full time closer in 2012.

      • gerryb323 - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM

        Best of both worlds (and words)…..Crapelpoop
        Donezo

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:16 AM

        Papeldouche is still my fave.

  2. pisano - Dec 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Theo is covering himself for Papelbums yearly beating, but Jenks is not the answer. I can’t remember too many closers with an era over four.I think uyf1950 is on track with Bard being the next closer, but with the two ahead of him I feel he’ll be closing this season.

  3. ThatGuy - Dec 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Does he get a bonus for number of donuts eaten?

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