White Sox agree to contracts with Jenks, Quentin

Updated: January 16, 2010, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox avoided salary arbitration with two of their top players, agreeing Saturday to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with closer Bobby Jenks and a one year, $3.2 million deal with outfielder Carlos Quentin.

The moves came one day after both players filed for arbitration.

Jenks was 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA and 29 saves last season, falling one save shy of his fourth consecutive 30-save season.

Quentin batted .236 with 21 home runs and 56 RBIs in 99 games while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a condition that landed him on the disabled list from May 29 to July 19.

In 2008, Quentin hit .288 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs before missing the final month with a wrist injury.

Quentin received a nearly six-fold increase from his $550,000 salary last year. Jenks got a $1.9 million raise.

Left-hander John Danks and right-hander Tony Pena are the only White Sox remaining in arbitration.


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