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Kenley Jansen | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Kenley Jansen intends to pitch for Team Netherlands in the championship round of the World Baseball Classic.
The championship round will take place in Dodger Stadium, so it's only fitting that Jansen will participate. He hasn't been lights out so far in spring training, but Team Netherlands should feel secure in the late innings. Mar 15 - 11:24 AM

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Kenley Jansen allowed one run on two hits and a walk Tuesday in his Cactus League appearance against the Reds.

Jansen was called into the game to open the top of the fifth and walked the first batter he faced. He then induced a groundout from Tucker Barnhart, but Dilson Herrera and Jose Peraza both singled -- with Peraza's single driving home a run. Jansen has yielded a run in each of his three appearances so far in the Cactus League, but it's nothing to get worked up about here in mid-March.
Mar 14 - 7:46 PM

Kenley Jansen will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Jansen was originally expected to make his debut on Wednesday. He has been shifted back a day, but there is no injury concern here. The flame-throwing closer re-upped with Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract in early January after registering a 2016 campaign in which he put up a 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 104/11 K/BB ratio over the course of 68 2/3 frames. He notched saves in 47-of-53 opportunities last season.
Mar 1 - 3:14 PM

Kenley Jansen said that he would not be playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Jansen -- who re-upped with the Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract on Tuesday -- isn't the only member of his squad that will be skipping the World Baseball Classic. Kenta Maeda is expected to likewise tell Team Japan that he will not be participating. In addition, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Clayton Kershaw was unlikely to pitch in the event.
Jan 11 - 7:30 PM

Dodgers re-signed RHP Kenley Jansen to a five-year, $80 million contract.

The deal was agreed to back on December 12 -- nearly a full month ago -- but there was no hurry to take the physical and sign the necessary paperwork given the familiarity between all of the involved parties. It is now officially official. Jansen will return as the Dodgers' closer for 2017 and beyond after posting a brilliant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio across 68 2/3 innings last year in that role. He also drew serious free agent interest from the Marlins and Nationals, among others.
Jan 10 - 4:54 PM

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, free agent Kenley Jansen has agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Dodgers.

The contract comes with an opt-out after 2019. Jansen flirted with the Marlins and Nationals, but it might have been to simply drive up the price. He has made it very well known that he feels comfortable in Los Angeles, and that's where he'll head back to for the 2017 season and beyond. Jansen, 29, registered a brilliant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. It should be noted that Aroldis Chapman will come out of this offseason with the richest contract ever for a reliever at five years, $86 million. Jansen had a chance to break it but reportedly turned down bigger offers. Mark Melancon held it for a day or two at four years, $62 million.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 01:36:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Dodgers are closing in on Kenley Jansen.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network says it will be a five-year deal, and it sounds like the Dodgers are also nearing a four-year agreement with third baseman Justin Turner. They had to beat out the Marlins (and possibly Nationals) for Jansen, but it has long been reported that Jansen finds great comfort in Los Angeles so maybe he's even giving out a "hometown" discount here. There should more information soon.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 01:17:00 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 08:12:00 AM

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.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:14:00 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.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:03:00 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.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 02:35:00 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.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:46:00 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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:46:00 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
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:24:00 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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 12:28:00 PM

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