- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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General manager Kenny Williams did not sound very pleased with Jenks before Sunday's season finale, and the right-hander doesn't figure to get much of an opportunity to get back in the team's good graces.
"As I sit here now, that's something we have to evaluate strongly because I've been disappointed on a number of levels," Williams said about his injured closer. "And there are certain things that I'm not going to talk about right now."
Williams did not specify what has disappointed him. Whether or not Williams thought Jenks' fitness level led to a number of injuries, he wasn't saying.
Instead, Williams elected to talk about the positives of Jenks' White Sox career, in what sounded like a summary of his six-year run on the South Side.
"What I will say is Bobby Jenks has been good for a long time here," Williams said. "He is one of the reasons we got that [World Series] banner up there and an '08 division [title] as well. As we sit here, two years after winning the division in '08, I'm not going to criticize one of the guys that helped us get there. We'll just make the moves necessary for the continuity of the team and the success of the team."
Jenks is arbitration-eligible this offseason, meaning that the White Sox could use an outside party to determine his contract value next season. He would likely be awarded somewhere in the $9-10 million neighborhood. They could also avoid an arbitrator by coming to terms on a contract.
The team could also just sever ties with Jenks by not tendering him a contract, or they could get him under contract and trade him.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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