Kenley Jansen is one of the most wanted closers in the majors this off-season. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Miami Marlins have ranked Jansen as their top target in free agency.
But why is he the top closer in baseball?
During his season with the Dodgers, Jansen was the most reliable pitcher in their bullpen. He was never injured and excelled when Dave Roberts and his teammates needed him.
Kenley Jansen’s 2016 Stats:
|Kenley Jansen (3-2)||68.2||35||14||14||11||104||2||1.83|
might be pie in the sky, but marlins top target is kenley jansen https://t.co/jmubwoVIQl
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 17, 2016
Now why do the Miami Marlins want to pursue Jansen?
The Marlins will have a difficult time trying to build their rotation with the death of the late José Fernandez.
Miami is a team that is not known to spend much in the off-season. However, the Marlins did spend $80M on Wei-Yin Chen last offseason and Jansen may very well surpass that amount.
The Marlins would be a possible option for Jansen for two reasons:
- His relationship with former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
- Miami is in close proximity to his home country of Curacao
Since rejecting the Dodgers qualifying offer, it seems that there is a chance Kenley Jansen will not don a Dodgers uniform in 2017.
kenley jansen will, of course, decline the qualifying offer. record relief deal awaits (same with aroldis on the record)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 14, 2016
If Jansen joins the Marlins, the bullpen will include right-handers A.J. Ramos, Kyle Barraclough, and David Phelps.
What do you think the Dodgers need to do to keep Jansen?