43-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Geoff Jenkins in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Geoff Jenkins Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $13 million deal with the Phillies, with a mutual vesting option for 2010 that would increase the value to $20 million.
Jenkins is close to retiring from baseball, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
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Geoff Jenkins: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Geoff Jenkins.
Jenkins' first season with Philadelphia was a bit of a disappointment, as he ended up batting .246 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 293 at-bats. Jenkins started the season in a platoon with Jayson Werth but steadily lost time throughout the year, both due to the fact that he was hurt at some points and was outplayed when healthy. Expect him to open the 2009 season as no more than a left-handed bat off the bench, following the team's addition of Raul Ibanez as the replacement for former left fielder Pat Burrell.
Jenkins settled into a platoon role in 2007 for the Brewers, with an .808 OPS against right-handed pitchers and a .697 OPS against lefties. The big drop-off in his overall OBP is a bit disconcerting, but he can still provide solid defense and decent power against right-handed pitching. He may get a shot at an everyday role with the Phillies, and moving to Citizens Bank Park will help his stats, but it's not hard see him falling back into a platoon role given his splits.
Jenkins had a fairly miserable 2006 and was eventually benched in August. But he had a really strong September, which boosted his numbers to .271/.357/.434 for the season. Last year was his lowest slugging percentage since his rookie season and at 32, he could be on the decline. The Brewers would like to trade him in the offseason and open up a spot in the outfield for Corey Hart, but won't take just anything for him. It's possible that he could be back in 2007, which would be the last year of his contract.
After a terrible start to 2005, Jenkins was one of the best players in the league over the second half (.332/.401/.623). If he pulls the same stunt in the first half of 2006, he'll have to look over his shoulder at some of baseball's better corner outfield prospects.
Most people will talk about how Jenkins had a disappointing season in 2004, but from a fantasy standpoint it was almost a duplicate of his 2003. While the batting average dropped from .296 to .263, his HR, RBI and runs stayed almost exactly the same. His biggest drop came in his ability to get on base with a decline to a .323 OBP. Jenkins also was healthy the entire season and his 157 games were the most of his career. Don't expect his numbers to reach his 2003 level, but he should be a little bit better than in 2004.
It looked like Jenkins would actually have an injury-free season when he broke his thumb at the end of August. Jenkins is due to make over $8 million this season and would become a free agent at the end of the year so there is a good chance the Brewers will try to trade him while he is healthy. When he is healthy he has been able to put up good numbers, but the health risk is certainly something to consider. He's only played in more than 130 games in a season twice since 1998.
Jenkins got off to a horrible start in 2002 and then his season was cut short due to a dislocated ankle. Injuries have limited him to less than 135 games or less in each of the last four seasons, so buyer beware. He has also seen his HRs and OBP drop significantly in each of the last three years. His ankle was judged to be 95% healed in late November.