MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports the contract details for the one-year deals the Chicago White Sox have struck with reliver Bobby Jenks and outfielder Carlos Quentin, halving their contingent of pending arbitration cases.
Jenks continued in the closer role for the White Sox, despite feuding with management through the season. He locked down 29 games, his lowest save total since assuming the role in 2005. Jenks also saw his ERA jump more than a run to 3.71. Jenks still sees a substantial raise from $5.6 million to $7.5 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. His one-year deal may be an indicator of the kind of raise Boston's Jonathan Papelbon will be looking for in his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Quentin's deal is more modest as he is in his first year of eligibility. He'll receive $3.2 million for 2010. He struggled with injury in 2009 following up his break out 2008 season, as his batting line dipped to .236/.323/.456 off from the .288/.394/.571 that earned him a ticket to the All-Star game and a top five in the MVP vote totals.
These signings were completed prior to exchange of figures between clubs and players, which will occur on Tuesday, January 19th. The players whose cases are pending now stands at 124. The White Sox have two more remaining arbitration eligible players: John Danks and Tony Pena. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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