Boston Red Sox Release Bobby Jenks

FORT MYERS FL - FEBRUARY 19: Pitcher Bobby Jenks #52 of the Boston Red Sox throws during a Spring Training Workout Session at the Red Sox Player Development Complex on February 19 2011 in Fort Myers Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have released right-handed reliever Bobby Jenks, agreeing to pay $4.5 million of his $6 million remaining 2012 salary, reports Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.

The Red Sox have severed ties with reliever Bobby Jenks, a free-agent bust who, after signing a two-year, $12 million contract, appeared in just 19 games for them.

According to an industry source, the Sox agreed to pay $4.5 million of the $6 million the Sox owed him for the 2012 season. The deal had to be agreed upon by both the commissioner's office and the Players Association.

Jenks, 31, signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox in December of 2010. The big right-hander went on to only appear in 19 games with the club, all of these appearances coming during the 2011 season.

Over that span, Jenks maintained an ERA and WHIP of 6.32 and 2.234 with 9.8 SO/9 and 7.5 BB/9. He hasn’t pitched yet this season due to a lingering back injury.

McAdam concludes that Jenks will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in Red Sox history.

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