On Monday, Kenley Jansen the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed with the club according to reports from reliable sources at two major sports networks.
It was reported that Jansen’s contract was 5 years and $80 million. Another report released shortly thereafter said the Jansen had chosen the Dodgers over offers from other teams that were higher. Part of his contract is reported to be an opt-out clause.
A nationwide sports reporter from a U.S. daily said that the National League East Washington National had been ready to pay Jansen up to $5 million more than he was given by Los Angeles.
Jansen, who is 29 and entering his prime, was an excellent closer for Los Angeles during the 2016 season. Jansen ended the season with 47 saves out of 53 save opportunities. He struck out 104 batters, compiling an ERA of 1.83 and a WHIP of 0.67 in the 68.2 innings he pitched.
The 2016 season was the fifth consecutive season in which Jansen had 25 saves or more and the third consecutive season with 35 or more saves.
Jansen has been able to establish himself as one of the better closers in all of baseball, ensuring he would have a large payday during the offseason as he, Mark Melancon and Aroldis Chapman were the top closers in the game and available in the free agency market.
However, he did hint that he was interested in staying with the Dodgers organization before the start of this past season and that is likely what kept the hard throwing right-hander from taking other offers that were likely higher.
This past September, in an interview with a baseball writer, Jansen said that LA was great, LA was able to give him the opportunity he needed and it converted him to a pitcher after he failed at being a catcher.
He added that he was very grateful to the Dodgers organization for doing that for him and it is something that he would not forget.
However, he concluded that at the same time, he needed to see what is best for his family. In the end, it appears Jansen made the decision that staying in the Los Angeles area was his best option and that in turned benefited the Dodgers.
The Dodgers now know that their ninth inning is solidified again and with their talented group of starters, will make the team the odds on favorite to win the National League West once again.