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It looks like Bobby Jenks will be part of the SoxFest lineup after all.
Jenks and Carlos Quentin avoided arbitration by agreeing to injury settlements terms with the Sox, leaving John Danks and Tony Pena as the only arbitration-eligible players remaining.
Jenks will be making $7.5M, a salary that will be pretty hard for him to live up to unless he can rediscover his 2007 form. That puts him on track for an eight-figure salary in 2011.
Quentin, meanwhile, will be making $3.2 million in 2010. Despite the injury issues, he’s actually comfortably ahead of where he would have been had he accepted the same deal Gavin Floyd did, roughly $500,000 so.
Danks stands a great shot of getting the Mark Buehrle treatment — somewhere along the lines of three years with a club option, $20 million or so guaranteed. After the Mike MacDougal fiasco, I’m guessing they’re going to want to go year-to-year with Pena.
How serious were the Sox about Roy Halladay? According to the Toronto Star, they gave it a good run against impossible odds:
In fact, according to a source, it was only after returning home from the winter meetings with their short list of final offers from interested teams that the Jays found out their month-long dealings with teams like the White Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and Rays had been exercises in futility. [..] According to sources, the most competitive offers for Halladay came from clubs he was ultimately unwilling to go to – the Chisox, Cubs and Dodgers. Heading to the meetings, Anthopoulos had not asked for a list of teams to which his ace would accept a trade. He could then honestly approach everyone and find out what they had to offer without feeling he was leading them on.
It’s not like it was ever going to happen, but it’s fun picturing Jake Peavy and Halladay in the same rotation. Thanks to Brent for the link via Facebook.