Bobby Jenks Reportedly Signs Two-Year Deal With Red Sox Worth $12 Million

The Red Sox got their bullpen help, reportedly signing former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks to a two-year, $12 million deal.

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Bobby Jenks, The 'Perfect Middle Reliever' For The Red Sox

Nothing is official, and there's apparently still some contract details to be worked out, but all signs are pointing to the Red Sox and closer Bobby Jenks agreeing to a two-year, $12 million deal, giving Boston some much-needed depth in the bullpen.

So what exactly are the Red Sox getting in Jenks (besides a 6-4, 275-pound clubhouse presence)? Over The Monster weighs in: 

Though 2010 was not his best year results-wise, Bobby Jenks has been one of the better relievers in the league in recent years. His 4.44 ERA last year hid a fantastic 2.59 FIP and 2.62 xFIP, and in his six years in the MLB, Jenks has never had an xFIP of 4.00 or greater. His high ground ball rates should play very well in Fenway, and his ERA will likely come back down after shifting from one of the worst defenses in the game to the very solid unit the Red Sox will put out next year.

If the Sox were looking for the perfect middle reliever, they found him. There's just no clear weaknesses to be found in Jenks' game. Good vs. lefties, good vs. righties, and good in the clutch. They probably want at least one more decent arm, but it's hard to express just how much better this makes the Boston bullpen.

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Bobby Jenks Reportedly Signs Two-Year Deal With Red Sox Worth $12 Million

The Red Sox may have found their bullpen help. According to SI's Jon Heyman and ESPN's Buster Olney, Boston is on the "verge of a deal" with Bobby Jenks. The reported two-year, $12 million deal is pending a physical.

Jenks has spent all six seasons of his career with the Chicago White Sox, serving as their closer since the 2006 season. The 29-year old recorded 27 saves in 2010, with a 4.44 ERA, his highest as a pro. 

For Boston, it gives them another arm in their bullpen, something they've been focused on for a few weeks now (even with the signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, and to a much lesser extent, Lenny DiNardo and Matt Albers). Options were getting slim, however, and rumors had the Red Sox eying Dan Wheeler and Brian Fuentes, a lefty. As recently as early Thursday morning, reports had Jenks close to signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, so consider it another win for Theo and co. 

While he's not a lefthanded reliever, Jenks' splits make him a solid acquisition: for his career, righties hit .241 against him, while lefties have managed just .231 (with a slightly lower OPS, .617 compared to .661). 

The move now gives the Red Sox three hard throwing right-handers in their bullpen, along with Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard. Whether this is insurance for Papelebon or the precursor to a deal to ship him out of town is not yet known. 

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