Small correction, Jenks was signed for the 2011 season, as part of the setup men for Papelbon. Maybe they envisioned him eventually replacing Papelbon but his signing and salary were spent concurrently with Papelbon's in 2011.
The jury is still out on whether Papelbon would have been worth that big contract (in Boston and in the AL East). This is his second year of a 4 year deal.
Yes, I know. I took liberty there (right or wrong), that this was a hint that a decent Jenks in 2011 would be the guy taking over for Papelbon. It's definitely up for debate, but that's how I viewed it. Regardless, Papelbon is making 13M this year, and 13M last year. 26M. Whereas Jenks and Joel combine for 19M, and then there's Melancon, Sands, Reddick, etc. - they all have value. So, it's pretty close right now. There's a reason in the Win Prediction thread one of my enthusiastic bullet points was: "Awesome bullpen (if Joel Hanrahan cooperates)". His walk rate, with the patient lineups you see in the AL, specifically the East, was looking like a disaster. His body type, in his 30's, isn't helping either.
Edited by HillysLastWalk, 07 May 2013 - 09:58 AM.