According to Phillies.com’s Todd Zolecki, the club will part ways with the 34-year old outfielder, and be on the hook for the $8 million he’s owed this season, including a $1.5 million buyout.
Beerleaguer: The man who hit a $13 million double. Jenkins, by all accounts a high-character teammate during the Phillies’ march to the World Series, will take his horrid uppercut softball swing elsewhere for a non-guaranteed minimum. By releasing him, they're actually doing him a favor to seek greener pastures with a team that can offer more playing time. The former Brewer becomes the latest high-priced bust hacked off the roster this spring, with Adam Eaton, who was owed $9 million, released early in camp. Thus, when you include the $3 million final installment the Phillies reportedly still owe the White Sox for Jim Thome, the Phils are paying $20 million for players no longer on the roster. Jenkins, who lost his job in right field to a full-time Jayson Werth, hit .246/.301/.392 (79 OPS+) with 9 homers, supplying basically one shining moment by doubling to lead off the second half of World Series Game 5. The move clears space for 41-year-old thumper Matt Stairs to possibly make the team as the left-handed power threat off the bench, but it also opens the door to the possibility of acquiring a right-handed stick.