The re-signing of Kenley Jansen is finally official, per the Dodgers.
Micah Johnson was designated for assignment to make room for Jansen, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The press conference with Jansen and Justin Turner will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and broadcast on SportsNet LA.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 10, 2017
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 10, 2017
At long last, the Dodgers have finalized Kenley Jansen's contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team DFA'd Micah Johnson.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) January 10, 2017
Kenley Jansen deal official. Breakdown: 4M sign bonus. 10M in '17 and '18, 18M in in '19 and. '20, 20M in '21. #dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2017
For part of the offseason, Jansen seemed to be destined for another city. The Miami Marlins pushed hard for his services, while the Washington Nationals jumped in late with an offer richer than the Dodgers’. In the end, after his wedding weekend was spent with family and friends, Jansen contacted his agent and decided to stay in Los Angeles.
Johnson was thought to be a long-shot option at second base if the Dodgers fail to upgrade at that spot. He only played in seven games for the Dodgers last season, with one hit in six at-bats. The recent signing of Jose Miguel Fernandez likely didn’t help either. While he won’t immediately be added to the roster, Miguel Fernandez is expected to contribute in the nearer future.