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.

Report: Orioles interested in Alex Cobb

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MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this week. Cobb was most recently linked to the Cubs, who reportedly reached out to his agent during the GM Meetings and garnered mutual interest from the righty, but nothing appears to be set in stone yet.

Cobb, 30, completed his sixth season with the Rays in 2017. He went 12-10 in 29 starts and turned in a respectable 3.66 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and career-best 2.2 BB/9 in 179 1/3 innings. Despite losing a couple of weeks to turf toe, he remained healthy for most of the year and showed no signs of the elbow issues that robbed him of the majority of his 2015-2016 campaigns.

It’s still fairly early for any deals to come to fruition, but Morosi notes that the Orioles seem to be focused on bulking up their rotation during the first few months of the offseason. It’ll take more than a healthy Alex Cobb to right that ship, however: Orioles’ starters earned a collective 5.70 ERA and 5.5 fWAR in 2017, good for worst and fourth-worst marks in the league, respectively. Behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (and perhaps Gabriel Ynoa/Miguel Castro), they still need three viable starters to compete in 2018. Whether or not they can afford to spring for a single starter with Cobb’s price tag (four years, $48 million, per MLB Trade Rumors) remains to be seen.