Despite an earlier report that the Rays and Bobby Jenks were close to a deal last night, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays are just one team in on the closer. Rosenthal says there is “heavy action” on Jenks (which almost never a good sign for the Rays) and that the Yankees “and others” are also interested.
Despite a 4.44 ERA in 2010, Jenks was actually a very good closer. His 2.59 FIP suggests he was just the victim of some bad luck or some really bad defense.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Don Zimmer had a pacemaker installed. [The Heater]
- The Rays signed Jonah Bayliss to a minor league deal. Bayliss is a 30-year old right-handed reliever, who last saw action in the big leagues in 2007 with the Pirates.
- The Jason Bartlett trade is still “better than 50-50” to get done according to Jon Heyman. Jed Hoyer, the Padres GM adds that the two sides are working on “several different issues.” [MLB Trade Rumors]
- The Marlins officially announced the signing of Randy Choate to a two-year deal. Choate was a Type B free agent, so the Rays will receive a compensation draft pick between the first and second-round of next year’s draft. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- The Red Sox are having conversations with Dan Wheeler. [NESN]
- Average age of the top four starting pitchers: Yankees 31.5; Red Sox 29; Rays 26.5. [Boston Herald]