Re: Jenks.......what's the deal?
posted at 7/21/2011 2:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Jenks.......what's the deal?
[QUOTE]Hint: Read a newspaper ever? There was much talk in the off season that if Theo could deal Paps he could then use Jenks as his closer. Hence, the primary reason why Jenks was signed. Hint: Did you miss the entire 2010 off season and regular season? I guess you missed the entire debate of Cameron taking over CF from Jake. I guess you missed it when Jake played LF on opening day too? OK then....... By the way, you have 20/20 vision for the obvious. Bravo.
Posted by andrewmitch[/QUOTE]So because some guys who get paid to do what we do, which is speculate in type wrote something about it makes it a key objective of the RS when they signed Jenks?
And the speculation from what I could tell was never that Jenks was signed to replace Papelbon but rather that if he did well in 2011 it would have given the RS more options should Papelbon falter during the season or if he did not resign in FA.
At any rate, this is what can often be expected when you sign relief pitchers to long term, higher end contracts in FA. And the market took an unexpected twist when the Tigers cam out of the gates signing Benoit to a 3 year - $16.5M deal.
Now in RS it seems damned if you do, damned if you don't. The obvious and conservative tact to take with relievers is to go the route of guys like Hill, Aceves and Albers. Low risk signings. Anytime you sign a FA coming off of strong years you risk the likelihood of injury impairment and the lost effectiveness it brings. Signing Jenks put $12M at risk but it added an intriguing element if it worked.
The RS BP in 2010 was a disaster, with only Achinson really having any kind of success aside from Bard and Papelbon. It was a risk worth taking that has not panned out so far.
Do keep in mind that many moaned about Wheeler as well and many still do because of his April-May start. But since returning from the DL in June Wheeler's WHIP is under 1.00 and that is all you can ask from relief pitchers.
Seems to me with the club 22 games over .500 that Jenks is simply providing serial moaners with something to moan about.
It's baseballl folks and GMs are going to make signings that don't workout. The more money and aggression their organization has the more often it can happen.