The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks ($7.5 million) and outfielder Carlos Quentin ($3.2 million), avoiding arbitration with both players.
Jenks, 28, went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA (22 ER/53.1 IP) and 29 saves with the White Sox in 2009. He fell one save shy of his fourth consecutive 30-save season. Jenks ranks third in White Sox history with 146 saves.
Quentin, 27, hit .236 (83-351) with 21 home runs and 56 RBI in 99 games last season. He was on the disabled list from May 29-July 19 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Quentin batted .288 (138-488) with 36 homers and 100 RBI in 2008 when he was named to the American League All-Star Team and received his first Silver Slugger Award.
Left-handed pitcher John Danks and right-hander Tony Pena are the White Sox remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Arbitration-eligible players without a 2010 contract will exchange figures with their respective clubs on Tuesday, and arbitration hearings will be scheduled Feb. 1-21. Clubs can still negotiate with their players from the time they exchange figures until the respective hearings.
The White Sox haven’t had to go to arbitration with a player since 2001.