Phillies sign outfielder Jenkins

December 20, 2007 at 1:10 pm 5 comments


The Philadelphia Phillies have signed OF Geoff Jenkins to a 2 year deal believed to be around $13 million, a baseball source told The agreement includes a third year vesting option based on plate appearances that could increase Jenkins’ total package to $20 million, the source said. The deal could be announced as early as today. This is a great deal by the Phillies.

Jenkins will give the Phillies a great platoon partner with Jayson Werth (who absolutely demolishes left handed pitching) and he can also give Pat Burrell a day or two off in LF. Jenkins could put up some nice numbers in that ballpark playing against only right handed pitching.

The only thing I don’t like about the deal is the vesting 3rd year. He will be a bench player by then or a DH and we all know the Phillies play in the NL.

Even so, this is a great deal for the Phillies. It gives them very good depth and a bat that throughout its career put up better numbers than Rowand. It will also allow Shane Victorino to move to CF where his arm is a plus for the position. Werth is very capable in RF. The Werth/Jenkins combination could put up a stat line close to .280-30-100 with potential for more.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
some information is from Jerry Crasnick and

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  December 20, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    I like this signing. Jenkins can play either corner outfield spot. He can hit. When healthy, I don’t think Jason Werth is a starter and Burrell doesn’t really have plate discipline. Victorino is decent but he is more of a CFer than RFer. Jenkins and Werth will platoon much like Mench and Jenkins platooned in Milwaukee. Good signing and just adds to the Phillies being the team to beat in the NL East.

  • 2. Charlie Nehl  |  December 21, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Yeah, this isn’t really all that bad of a move. Jenkins is down to a platoon role, and he and Jayson Werth would be a pretty good platoon in right.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 21, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Over 443 at-bats (Jenkins vs RHP, Werth vs. LHP) they combined for a .284/.346/.503 with 24 doubles, 23 homers, 72 RBI. Over 600 at-bats that translates to 33 doubles, 31 homers, and 98 RBI. Not bad numbers for your RF platoon.

  • 4. Johnluke Chaparro  |  December 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Jenkins strikes out too much, he’s got pop, but the guy swings at everything. Throw up and in to hm and he’s finished

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 22, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    That is true about the up and in but he is still a very good option for the Phillies.


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