Report: Sox land Jenks

ESPN’s Buster Olney has tweeted the Red Sox have acquired free-agent Bobby Jenks, the former White Sox closer who was non-tendered by the White Sox.

Jenks has declined the last three seasons but the feeling is if the Sox can get him shape and take the pressure off him in a set-up role, then Jenks, who still has very good stuff, could be an asset and certainly a candidate to move into the closer role along with Daniel Bard after Jonathan Papelbon’s tenure ends after this season.

The Sox may also be in a better position to deal Papelbon if they get an offer for him.

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Jenks, according to Olney, got two years at $12 million, which makes sense considering the Red Sox did not want to be one of the teams handing out three-year deals for relievers. Many of their targets – Scott Downs, Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain – had been getting signed as of late. The Sox still need a lefty and are still in on Brian Fuentes.

When we get confirmation we’ll pass it along.