A series of back issues plagued Bobby Jenks in 2011, leading him to throw just 15 23 regrettable innings in the first year of his two-year, 12 million deal with the Red Sox. Over those 15 23 innings, Jenks walked 13 batters -- the same number he walked in 65 innings in 2007.
Jenks already had one procedure performed on his back this winter, and now he's having a second. Whether these problems are related to Jenks' rumored poor conditioning is unknown. But Jenks will be 31 in March, and it looks like he's finally reached a point where his body is breaking down on him.
Too bad. Hopefully he'll be able to come back strong in 2012, but that's looking less and less likely by the day.
The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.
The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus.
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“We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful prospect — to the White Sox organization,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. “Luis has the potential to be a dynamic, five-tool player at the major-league level, and we look forward to watching him develop in our system over coming seasons. Luis will immediately be viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball, and his signing adds to the growing depth of quality young players within our organization.”
The 19-year-old Robert played in 210 career games (including postseason) with Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban Serie Nacional and had a .315/.402/.467 slash line with 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Robert slides into the No. 2 spot on the White Sox Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.