Posted by andrewmitch
SI is the only outlet to ever report anything and their report lacked the names of any teams etc and further went on to say that RS plan was to sign Soriano who eventually signed with the NYY if a trade could be accomplished.
Can't find anybody connecting Jenks signing as the replacement for Papelbon, only that he would add an additional option to Bard who is assumed after all to be the heir apparent if Boston can't find acceptable terms to retain Papelbon.
The Papelbon speculation started in ernest I think when the RS made a serious bid for Rivera. Now replacing Papelbon with Rivera is a whole lot different than Jenks IMO.
But FWIW this what Epstein said about the signing at the time:
"We feel really lucky that Bobby wanted to pitch here, and we were able to get someone of his caliber to join our bullpen and help Dan Bard set up for Pap," Epstein said. "It's not every day you can bring in someone of his caliber without a closer opening. We feel lucky that it happened."
If you wish to believe that Jenks was signed to be the unchallenged closer probably little could be done to change that.