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.

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.

Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz

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Despite a change at general manager from Doug Melvin to David Stearns the Brewers quickly made it clear that they’re keeping Craig Counsell as manager, but today they fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

In fact, all of Milwaukee’s coaches except for hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar were let go, as Counsell shakes up his staff after managing the Brewers to a 61-76 record as Ron Roenicke’s replacement.

Kranitz took over as the Brewers’ pitching coach in 2011, during which time they’ve ranked 11th among NL teams in ERA.