As expected, the White Sox non-tendered closer Bobby Jenks Thursday, making the 29-year-old closer a free agent.
The move was not a surprise, as we detailed in Tuesday’s Daily Herald:
Jenks had his second straight rocky season for the Sox this year, going 1-1 with a career-high 4.44 ERA while saving 27 games.
He also missed the final 27 games with ulnar neuritis in his right forearm.
Jenks should have little trouble finding another job, but it won’t be with the White Sox.
The big right-hander exits with 173 saves, the second highest total in club history.
GM Kenny Williams will talk to reporters later this afternoon about Jenks and other issues, and we’ll have all the details.
The Sox also non-tendered left-handed reliever Erick Threets, who pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings this season before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.
*The White Sox exercised their 2011 club option on Alexei Ramirez, who opted out of the final year of his four-year contract that would have paid $1.1 million.
Ranmirez’s salary is going to rise to $2.75 million, which is still a bargain for the Sox.
In addition to playing stellar defense, Ramirez was the American League Silver Slugger, batting .282 with 29 doubles, 18 home runs and 70 RBI.