The Red Sox acquiring Bobby Jenks for the price they paid seems a little weird.
Upon hearing news yesterday that the Red Sox had acquired Bobby Jenks I can't say I was overjoyed. Instead of a "Yes!" reaction it was more like "Really?". The old adage of 'you can't have too much pitching' is proven true year after year, however, it seems eerily bunched up at the back of our rotation, which I'm sure new Sox pitching coach Curt Young will look at as an excellent problem.
The Red Sox paid a steep price in dollars with the two-year $12 million dollar contract, but like I've said earlier this off-season, if they have the money, use it, and with a healthy Jenks, this certainly is a formidable bullpen. This conceivably now means that if our starting pitching can last six innings, the combo of Bard/Jenks and Papelbon can bring the win home for the Sox, which again, has to make you feel good as a Sox fan.
All this being said, I can't say I feel good about this, and it feels like there's going to be a strange tension in the bullpen this year, and if you didn't know it before, this made it absolutely official - 2011 is the last year Jonathan Papelbon will ever pitch for the Boston Red Sox. Do I think it's fair that he's basically a dead-man walking? No. But that's the business of baseball these days I guess. I'm pessimistic about this Jenks signing, and honestly don't have any high expectations, despite what they're paying him. If I had to compare this signing to any other recent one it'd be Eric Gagme. He was a former stud of a closer who had nothing left in the tank due to the massive amounts of steroids he did. Am I saying that Jenks used steroids? No. I am I saying that Jenks is traditionally an out of shape athlete? You bet.
Jenks will now serve as some insurance when, not if, Paps walks after this season, and you just hope things like the tendinitis he had last season and his ability to consistently be out of shape don't burn the Sox and the money committed to him. There's no doubt though, that the Red Sox bullpen just got a hell of a lot better on paper today - the real question that remains is will it be better when on the field.