2002 Bowman Heritage #274 Bobby Jenks RC (Angels)
Bobby Jenks. What the heck happened to him last year, anyways? Did he fall off the face of the earth or something?
The Red Sox signed him as a free agent last offseason. He didn't live up to expectations, to say the least.
In an injury-plagued season, Jenks pitched in just 15 2/3 innings and posted a bloated 6.32 ERA. He had back surgery this offseason and might not be ready for the start of the 2012 season.
Jenks was one of the best closers in the game during his White Sox days. Ozzie Guillen's famous call for Jenks from the bullpen (gesturing for the "big man" by holding his hands far apart) during the 2005 World Series was pretty much the moment where Jenks burst onto the baseball scene.
He'd be an All-Star the next two seasons, combining for 81 saves in '06 and '07.
So what did the White Sox have to give up to get Jenks? Basically nothing. They claimed him off waivers from the Angels in 2004.
A fifth-round pick by Anaheim in 2000, Jenks was a highly touted prospect early on. However, he struggled mightily in the minors during 2003, posting a 10.24 ERA that season. He was sent all the way down to rookie ball during the course of the year.
The White Sox took a chance on him, and they reaped the benefits.
Hopefully Bobby Jenks can regain his form in the coming years.
He's always been one of my favorite guys to watch.