The Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks pulled his right calf and is probably done for the year. Jenks pitched last Thursday in Seattle against the Mariners and that might have been the last time you will see Bobby Jenks pitching for the Chicago White Sox. Jenks is eligible for arbitration next year and will make close to $8 million. He is only making around $5 million this year and there is talk that the White Sox will trade the big closer and move left-hander Matt Thornton to the closers role.
Jenks has been a top closer in the AL ever since he was brought up in 2005, but his production and velocity has slowly dwindled. He is still a very good closer and there are a lot of teams out there that would want Jenks. If the White Sox can afford him, I think they should definitely hang on to him. This year Jenks went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA with 29 saves in 35 opportunities in 53 1/3 innings pitched. In 274 career games with the White Sox, Jenks is 13-15 with a 3.21 ERA, 146 saves in 168 opportunities and 273 K’s compared to only 92 walks.
Bobby Jenks revitalized his baseball career with the Chicago White Sox when he came up with them in the 2005 season. The right handed closer has always been an extremely talented hard-thrower, but Jenks major league career was delayed as he had a lot of personal demons he battled with throughout his minor league days. Jenks found a home with the White Sox and became a hero on the south side of Chicago as he helped them win their first World Series title in 88 years.
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