Is Jenks talking his way out of Chicago?

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Jenks.jpgHe might be. During an interview
with Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bobby Jenks was critical of
the White Sox organization and manager Ozzie Guillen
for comments about his weight and conditioning.



”Did I feel I was being picked on? No,” Jenks said in a phone
interview. ”But I felt I was the easy scapegoat because I had
struggled in the end with some nagging injuries. This organization,
just like most in this game, tell you, ‘Come in, our door is open and
tell us what’s on your mind.’ And when you do, they turn it around on
you and make you feel bad. They’re playing on your own words. They want
you to come in, be honest and then they turn it around.”




Jenks, 28, posted a 3.71 ERA with six blown saves and a career-high nine home runs allowed over 53 1/3 innings in 2009 while suffering
through kidney stones and back problems. He finally went down for the
season with a pulled calf muscle on September 17.




Under team control through 2011,
Jenks should make somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million to $8 million this
winter in arbitration, however his name has surfaced in trade rumors and even as a
possible non-tender candidate. General manager Ken Williams hasn’t
indicated publicly whether Jenks is being shopped, but with a surplus
of closers available this winter, it behooves him to act quickly in
order to pursue other options on the market.

Yordano Ventura’s remaining contract hinges on the results of his toxicology report

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports provides an interesting window into how teams handle a player’s contract after he has died in an accident. It was reported on Sunday that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had three guaranteed years at a combined $19.25 million as well as two $12 million club options with a $1 million buyout each for the 2020-21 seasons.

What happens to that money? Well, that depends on the results of a toxicology report, Rosenthal explains. If it is revealed that Ventura was driving under the influence, payment to his estate can be nullified. The Royals may still choose to pay his estate some money as a gesture of good will, but they would be under no obligation to do so. However, if Ventura’s death was accidental and not caused by his driving under the influence, then his contract remains fully guaranteed and the Royals would have to pay it towards his estate. The Royals would be reimbursed by insurance for an as yet unknown portion of that contract.

The results of the toxicology report won’t be known for another three weeks, according to Royals GM Dayton Moore. Dominican Republic authorities said that there was no alcohol found at the scene.

Ventura’s situation is different than that of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident this past September. Fernandez was not under contract beyond 2016. He was also legally drunk and cocaine was found in his system after the accident. Still, it is unclear whether or not Fernandez was driving the boat. As a result, his estate will receive an accidental death payment of $1.05 million as well as $450,000 through the players’ standard benefits package, Rosenthal points out.

Spring training will be slightly shortened in 2018

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 15:  General view of action between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The A's defeated the Giants 8-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press is reporting that the spring training schedule will be shortened by two days starting in 2018. That change comes as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, which was agreed to last month.

Specifically, the voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and injured players has been changed to 43 days before the start of the regular season, down from 45. For the rest of the players, the reporting date is 38 days before the start of the regular season, down from 40.

The change goes hand-in-hand with allowing teams 187 days, rather than 183, to complete their 162-game regular season schedule.

While just about everyone seems to be in agreement that the spring training exhibition schedule is too long, team owners are likely very hesitant to shorten that part of the spring schedule because it would cost them money. So they’re just allowing players to arrive to camp a couple of days later.