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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jenks off to Boston, won't be forgotten

By Doug Padilla

Bobby Jenks is about to become that rare Boston Red Sox player.

When he strolls into U.S. Cellular Field next season, he will be one of the few to wear the uniform of the "other Sox" who is actually treated well by South Side fans.

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are now reporting that Jenks has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox at two years and $12 million. The deal is pending a physical.

His days with the White Sox might have ended on a disappointing note. Multiple injuries reduced his effectiveness in the second half of 2010, and manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams were actually on the same page in their disappointment with the right-hander.

It doesn’t change what Jenks did for the franchise, not to mention himself, when he burst upon the scene in 2005 to help the White Sox win the World Series. In subsequent seasons his stock continued to rise.

Jenks will always be viewed as a man of the people. From humble beginnings, he emerged as a talent with a big body and an even bigger right arm. Some reckless ways dotted his minor-league years with the Angels, but he was reborn with the White Sox. A good comeback story is hard to resist.

But it will be interesting to see how long the cheers last. While the Red Sox need Jenks to make life hard on the Yankees, Jenks will probably have an extra dose of energy for the White Sox. It this case, it does figure to be personal.

What was sure to help convince the Red Sox to sign Jenks was his history against the Yankees. In 17 innings he has a 2-0 record with four saves and a 1.06 ERA. He also has a .756 WHIP and has 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings.