One of the best closers in baseball has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers over his 2016 salary, according to Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez).
28-year old Kenley Jansen racked up 36 saves last season after coming back from an early injury, and he also had 80 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. The native of Curacao made $7,425,000 last season, but he will see a considerable bump for 2016.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) January 15, 2016
Jansen has a 2.28 career ERA in 338 games. Last season, he posted a 2.41 ERA. The cutter-throwing right-hander has retired 528 batters via strikeout in his 340 career innings.
The Dodgers have now reached an agreement with all six of their arbitration eligible free agents, which means the team has gone yet another season without having to actually go to a salary arbitration hearing. The team’s last hearing was in 2007 when they successfully argued against left-handed reliever Joe Beimel.
There is no word at this time about what Jansen’s specific salary will be, but MLB Trade Rumors projected the righty to get about $11 million. No matter the salary, it’s a bargain considering how lights out Jansen has become.
Batters hit just .176 against Jansen in 2015, and just .172 against his cutter.
UPDATE: MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) disclosed Jansen’s salary:
kenley jansen, dodgers settle at $10,65M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2016
This is definitely less than the $11 million he was pegged to get, but it’s still a considerable pay increase for Jansen.