The bidding for outfielder Geoff Jenkins is between the Padres and Phillies, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.
As the club's majority right-fielder for a season or two, Jenkins, 33, would provide comfort and stability. An outfield of Pat Burrell, Shane Victorio and Jenkins is what we'd presumably see most nights, with Jayson Werth subbing out Jenkins against the left-handers and Chris Snelling as a serviceable fifth man. They would be average, or slightly above. They would have adequate depth should one of the corners go down. And it would strengthen the bench.
On a day-to-day basis, Jenkins would add another home run and RBI threat to the lineup. He would cost them speed and add strikeouts to a team that already has too many. Truthfully, there would be a healthy amount of good and bad to this signing. It wouldn't surprise me if Werth, who's finally healthy, emerged as the more valued piece in right. By the end of last season, Werth actually held his own against right-handed pitching and finished with a rather nice on-base percentage. I would not look forward to Charlie Manuel's handling of the situation. What if Jenkins stinks for a month? Would he continue to blindly platoon, or sit the free agent?
What price are the Phillies willing to pay for peace of mind? Right now, they're too thin. Seeing as several targets, like Aaron Rowand, Randy Wolf and Hiroki Kuroda, have either signed elsewhere or will sign momentarily, the Phils may be willing to pony up more for their right-field platoon than originally intended. Every day it seems they're drifting further away from their original goal of pitching. They've been shut out of trades and turned down by free agents.
Jenkins hit .255/.319/.471 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs with 116 strikeouts last season. He earned $7.5 million and could command something similar at age 33. The race between the Padres and Phils could come down to which side is willing to kick in that extra year.
How much are they willing to pay for peace of mind, and is the safe choice always the best choice?