Kenley Jansen has baseball at his fingertips. He’s the best free agent on the board, and his availability has seemingly frozen the closer market while simultaneously holding three franchises hostage, but since Jansen just got married to his long time girlfriend, it’s understandable why.
Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Jansen are the big prizes of the closing market. Chapman is a Yankee, Melancon is a Giant and Jansen has yet to decide. Fellow free agent relief options will wait to see what he does, because post-decision, two teams will desperately need backend bullpen help.
Marlins, dodgers, nats waiting on Jansen. On radar for MM (depending): fister, chacin, feldman, tazawa, ziegler, other Ps
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 10, 2016
MLB Trade Rumors assessed the state of closers Saturday morning. It listed Greg Holland, Neftali Feliz, Brad Ziegler, Santiago Casilla, Jonathan Papelbon and Sergio Romo as closers on the market. All of them are substantial dropoffs from Jansen. Holland, Feliz and Papelbon were previously elite-level finishers, but all are probably better suited for a setup role at this point.
MLBTR suggests the Dodgers scan the trade market, but the last week shows that’s heavily in the sellers’ favor. If L.A. is moving prospects, it would be a better investment to do so for an every day player, such as Brian Dozier.
Andrew Friedman was a bullpen connoisseur in Tampa Bay. There’s little reason to think he’ll invest a premium – prospects or monetary – in a player who appears in 65 games. If Jansen walks, the Dodgers are likely to pick up a cheaper option or two and roll with what they have.