The game of closer musical chairs is nearing an end, and the Dodgers may be left without a seat. Kenley Jansen, the team’s all-time saves leader, has a massive offer in-hand from the Miami Marlins and serious interest from the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers are contemplating paying over $80 million to a closer.
If Jansen moves on, the Dodgers must do the same. The trio of elite free agent closers would be gone. Wade Davis, the best closer on the trade market, is a now a Chicago Cub. Jansen’s decision could put the Dodgers in a bind.
To the forefront of discussions will be former Royals closer and 2015 World Champion Greg Holland. Holland sat out last season injured, but he’s on the comeback trail and Los Angeles is a strong bet to make him an offer.
Cubs and Dodgers are at forefront of greg Holland talks, but most/all the teams involved with chapman and jansen are in
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2016
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 5, 2016
Los Angeles is fortunate a closer with Holland’s upside is available. That said, he’s still a major risk. There’s no guarantee Holland regains his velocity after Tommy John surgery, and given that the Royals are reportedly priced out of his range, he isn’t going to come cheap. Most of the MLB still needs bullpen help, and taking a chance on Holland is the best option left. The smart bet for both sides is for Holland to receive a one-year, incentive-laden deal that allows him to re-enter free agency after a healthy season. After all, he was arguably the best closer in the American League before his injury.
Unless L.A. has a trick up its sleeve, or is willing to pay a prospect bounty for a guy like Zach Britton, the second Jansen signs on the dotted line with Miami or Washington, Los Angeles is on Holland watch.