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Closer Report: Chicago White Sox

The White Sox will once again employ Bobby Jenks as their closer.  He's being drafted in the 14th round, which isn't too pricey.  Jenks had sharp peripherals in 2009, aside from a 1.5 HR/9.  He did post the highest flyball rate of his career, so that will be a mild concern entering 2010.

The other concern is that Jenks could be traded.  He's earning $7.5MM, and has been named in past rumors.  If Kenny Williams pulls the trigger, keep an eye on J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton.  Putz has the closing experience, but hasn't been dominant since '07.  Thornton is the whole package, but sometimes teams don't like to use lefties in the closer role.  I consider Putz the mild favorite, but it really depends on how each are throwing at the time of a Jenks trade.



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