Bobby Jenks Looking Forward to Not Playing for Ozzie Guillen
Jenks, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox to serve as a setup man (for now, anyway) to Jonathan Papelbon, spoke at length with MLB.com and reflected on his time in Chicago. And even though he said it "hurt" when the White Sox non-tendered him and he would have stayed if given the choice, it sounds as if he's looking forward to having Terry Francona rather than Ozzie Guillen determining when and how he'll be used out of the bullpen.
"I'll always respect (Guillen) as a person and give him credit that's due," Jenks said. "But I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what's going on."
He added: "Why would I come back to that negativity? I'm looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen."
Guillen, of course, got very publicly fed up with his closer as Jenks struggled this season. Though he ultimately kept Jenks in the ninth-inning role until the right-hander was shut down in early September with forearm tightness, few were surprised when the White Sox chose to part ways this winter.
The White Sox haven't spelled out who will close for them in 2011, with Matt Thornton and youngster Chris Sale the top in-house possibilities. Chicago did sign free agent Jesse Crain away from the Twins on a three-year deal, but he has been a setup man throughout his career.