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Casey Janssen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/17/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals signed RHP Casey Janssen to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $7 million mutual option for 2016.
The deal comes with another $500,000 in performance-based incentives. And the option has a $1.5 million buyout, so the full guarantee is $5 million. Janssen posted an underwhelming 3.94 ERA in 45 2/3 innings last season for the Blue Jays, but he boasts a 2.77 ERA in 217 2/3 innings dating back to 2011. The 33-year-old former closer should be good in a middle relief role on a loaded Nationals team. Feb 2 - 10:52 AM

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Casey Janssen will make a $3.5 million salary with the Nationals this season.

It was reported that Janssen will be guaranteed $5 million in the deal, but the additional $1.5 million is part of a mutual option for 2016. The 33-year-old is expected to function as a set-up man for Washington and provides insurance for closer Drew Storen.
Jan 28 - 2:21 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2016. Janssen should at least be a candidate for the set-up role following the Tyler Clippard trade, but he could find himself in the mix for saves if Drew Storen stumbles. The 33-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings last season while going 25-for-30 in save chances.
Jan 28 - 10:45 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have checked in on free agent right-hander Casey Janssen.

The Nationals are in the market for bullpen help according to Rosenthal, and the former Jays closer could be a nice fit in a setup capacity after Tyler Clippard was dealt to the Athletics earlier in the week. It appears there are major changes coming in Washington, so stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 6:14 PM

Casey Janssen has changed agents and is now represented by ACES.

Janssen was previously represented by Jim McDowell, but he has decided to make a change going into free agency. The 33-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings while notching 25 saves.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Casey Janssen entered the ninth inning to put out a fire, recording the final two outs to pick up his 24th save in Saturday's win against the Yankees.

Brandon Morrow allowed a run to score on a single followed by a double, creating a save situation for Janssen. Though Janssen hit the first batter he faced, he had little trouble escaping the jam, striking out Brendan Ryan and getting Chris Young to line out to second base to end the game. It's been an up-and-down year for Janssen, who is 24-for-29 in save chances with a 4.22 ERA.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 07:35:00 PM

Casey Janssen converted his 22nd save of the season Sunday in the Blue Jays' defeat of the Red Sox.

Janssen retired all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning, striking out two. It was a refreshing performance from the 32-year-old right-hander, who blew his fifth save of 2014 in a brutal fashion on Friday.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Casey Janssen allowed three runs in a third of an inning in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays handed Janssen an 8-6 tenth inning lead. He could not make that hold up. In his third of an inning on the mound, Janssen allowed five hits, with the only out coming on a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly to tie the game. The eventual game-winner for Boston came on a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single. The season is rapidly coming apart for Janssen and it makes less and less sense for the playoff-contending Blue Jays to keep trotting him out there as the leaves begin to turn. This outing comes on the heels of back-to-back months in which Janssen allowed seven earned runs. Just all around not-goodness. He needs to drive down his 4.38 ERA and 1.31 WHIP if he wants to keep his job. At this point, it can't get much worse.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 11:52:00 PM

Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless 10th inning, earning his 21st save as the Blue Jays topped the Rays on Thursday.

Janssen made his first appearance of September after an awful month of August. Jays manager John Gibbons sounded as if the soon-to-be free agent's save opportunities would shrink in the final month in favor of Aaron Sanchez, but Janssen was able to get the job done on Thursday, working around a one-out walk. Janssen is 21-for-25 in save chances with a 3.72 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Casey Janssen discussed the closer situation with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons after Thursday's game.

Aaron Sanchez recorded his second save in less than a week in Wednesday's win over the Rays. The first time it happened, Gibbons said he wanted to use Sanchez for a two-inning stint, but he said after Wednesday's game that he wanted to use him because he previously warmed up. Either way, it's clear that the Blue Jays are phasing out Janssen, who will be a free agent after this season. Sanchez needs to be picked up where he's available.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Casey Janssen tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Jacoby Ellsbury made Blue Jays fans nervous with a one-out double, but Janssen was able to induce a groundout and lineout to preserve the one-run lead. Toronto's closer holds a 6.75 ERA over his last 21 appearances and had blown two out of his last three save chances, so Sunday's showing was a nice step.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 04:10:00 PM

Casey Janssen allowed a run in the ninth inning, blowing the save for the fourth time this season, but the Blue Jays were able to walk off winners in 10 innings on Saturday against the Rays.

Janssen walked Wil Myers to lead off the inning, then allowed consecutive one-out singles to Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney as the Rays tied the game up at 4-4. Janssen was able to escape the inning with no further damage and the Jays were able to walk off in the 10th on a Jose Reyes RBI single. Janssen is now 19-for-23 in save chances with a 3.31 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 21/6 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Casey Janssen imploded in the ninth inning against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering three runs on four extra-base hits while recording just two outs.

Janssen entered with a two-run advantage and retired Torii Hunter to begin the inning, but the trouble started with a one-out double by J.D. Martinez. Nick Castellanos then jumped on a first-pitch fastball to crush a game-tying home run, and Eugenio Suarez followed with a solo shot of his own to put the Tigers ahead. With the rough outing, Janssen now owns a 3.56 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings on the year.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Casey Janssen worked around a two-out walk in the ninth inning, helping the Blue Jays defeat the Astros by a 6-5 margin on Thursday.

Janssen is happy to see July end, as he ends the month with a 5.56 ERA. He had a relatively easy ninth inning on Thursday, though. He has blown only two saves since making his season debut on May 12 and owns a 2.86 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:16:00 PM

Casey Janssen allowed a ninth-inning solo home run, but managed to escape with his 17th save as the Blue Jays earned a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Xander Bogaerts greeted Janssen with a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, but the right-hander was able to get the next three batters he faced in short order. July has been troublesome for Janssen, as he has allowed runs in five of 11 appearances in the month while sporting a 6.10 ERA. On the season, he is 17-for-19 in save opportunities with a 2.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:31:00 PM

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