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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 270
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.
It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Dec 8 - 8:12 AM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer.
Dec 8 - 12:14 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that while the Marlins remain interested in Kenley Jansen, they are uneasy about surrendering the No. 13 pick to sign him.

The Marlins made a hard push for Aroldis Chapman, who opted to sign with the Yankees on Wednesday night. That leaves Jansen as their top bullpen target. While the draft pick compensation involved here could cause them to back off, ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that the Marlins have offered Jansen a five-year contract. The Dodgers remain a contender to re-sign Jansen, too. Stay tuned.
Dec 8 - 12:03 AM

Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them.
Dec 7 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs.
Dec 6 - 10:46 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon.
Dec 5 - 10:46 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have done "background work" on free agent reliever Kenley Jansen.

Per Rosenthal, the Cubs' "inquiries appear more a matter of due diligence than the foundation of a serious pursuit." Closer isn't necessarily a need for the Cubs as Hector Rondon is plenty capable of filling that role. After spending nearly $300 million on free agents last offseason, the Cubs don't figure to be big spenders this winter. Jansen will probably fall out of the Cubs' price range but it doesn't hurt for them to explore all possibilities.
Source: Fox Sports
Nov 19 - 8:24 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins have serious interest in free agent Kenley Jansen.

What the Marlins really need is starting pitching, but there aren't many options available on that front and Heyman says the club is thinking about "putting together a super pen" instead. Jansen, 29, posted a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past season for the Dodgers. He's thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. So is Aroldis Chapman.
Nov 17 - 12:28 PM

Kenley Jansen is rejecting the Dodgers' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

A crystal-clear decision for Jansen, who could set a record for total money allotted to a reliever this winter in free agency. If he doesn't set that record, Aroldis Chapman will. Jansen, 29, had a brilliant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this summer for Los Angeles.
Nov 14 - 11:28 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Giants have met this week with the representatives for Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Mark Melancon.

The meeting with Chapman's reps from ISE Baseball had already been reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. San Francisco will continue to be at the forefront of this high-priced closer market after its bullpen blew 30 saves in 2016, most in the major leagues. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this summer for the Dodgers before shining in the NLDS. There's talk of Jansen and Chapman climbing near $100 million in free agency.
Nov 10 - 12:07 PM

Dodgers extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to RHP Kenley Jansen.

They also gave one to third baseman Justin Turner. Both players will turn it down, as they're set to land multi-year pacts this offseason. Jansen, 29, has put up an absurd 13.92 K/9 over 409 career appearances. He could net a record contract for a reliever this winter.
Nov 7 - 5:29 PM

Kenley Jansen will receive a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from Los Angeles.

And he's going to decline it, which will allow the Dodgers to get a compensation draft pick should the 29-year-old closer sign elsewhere. Jansen could set a record this winter for total money allocated to a reliever. If he doesn't, Aroldis Chapman will.
Nov 7 - 11:12 AM

Kenley Jansen received the Trevor Hoffman Award as the National League's top reliever for 2016.

Washington's Mark Melancon would also have been a worthy recipient but Jansen was plenty deserving of the award. He tied Melancon and Zach Britton for second in the majors with 47 saves while recording his lowest ERA since 2010. The big right-hander holds an overpowering 13.92 K/9 over 409 career appearances. Headed for free agency this winter, Jansen will join Aroldis Chapman as one of the most coveted relievers on the market.
Oct 29 - 7:39 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports expects the Dodgers to "make a nice attempt" to re-sign impending free agent Kenley Jansen.

Jansen just turned 29 a month ago and has been one of the best closers in baseball for years, so there will certainly be competition for his services. The Dodgers can outspend pretty much anyone, though, so if they're committed to retaining Jansen they can probably make it happen. The club will make Jansen a qualifying offer, so they'll pick up a draft pick if they wind up losing their closer.
Oct 23 - 8:20 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenley Jansen would be available for a save of more than one inning in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

While Jansen will be available for a multi-inning save if need be, Roberts said that he was unlikely to see two full innings of work. In six postseason appearances this month, the flamethrowing closer has been used for more than three outs four times. He has tossed more than one inning in each of his last three appearances.
Oct 19 - 7:21 PM

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