Monday, July 31, 2006

Jenkins Being Aggressively Shopped?

I've been told by a little birdie that Melvin is aggressively trying to trade Jenkins before the trade deadline. Considering we are 5 hours away from it, he better hurry up. 620 AM just reported about rumors of Jenkins to Boston, so this may be more than just hopeful thinking. Jenkins takes way more flak than he deserves (mostly because of his free swinging ways) but the fact remains that he’s had a very poor year and is still owed $8 million next year. Couple that with Corey Hart being a worthy successor and it’s no surprise Melvin would be trying to unload Jenkins.

Why would Boston want Jenkins? Trot Nixon strained his biceps on Sunday and could be out for some time. Despite poor overall numbers, Jenkins has still done just fine against righties this year:
            AB   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
vs. Left 82 .122 .247 .183 .430
vs. Right 288 .295 .357 .455 .812
Total 370 .257 .332 .395 .726
Even if Jenkins didn’t revert back to his career numbers, he would still be OK in a platoon. That probably wouldn’t be worth $8 mil to anyone but for a team willing to roll the dice, (and have the pockets to do it) Jenkins might be a nice gamble. With Boston fighting to stay atop the AL East, they may be willing to give it a shot.

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