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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Dodges Question About Future of He and Other Free Agent Teammates



2021 marked the end of several storied careers around baseball as well as the likely end of long and fruitful tenures between players and teams. On the east coast, Nationals’ star first baseman Ryan Zimmerman exited Washington’s season finale to tears and a standing ovation. Here on the west coast, Corey’s brother, Kyle Seager had a teary-eyed goodbye during Seattle’s season finale on Sunday.

For some teams, they can afford to set the stage for these moments. Win or lose, they know this is the final game of the season after the final out. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, that’s not really ever the case. The Dodgers play deep into October where every single out counts and where the game and season isn’t over until that final out — regardless of whether the outcome is good or bad.

That means over recent years, some fan favorites and iconic players haven’t had that final ovation as they walk off the field. At least while still wearing Dodger blue.

Rich Hill, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernandez… there are just a few of the more recent Dodgers who fit this description. Now in 2021, it could be a mass exodus for multiple key free-agent-to-be players.

Clayton Kershaw, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Max Scherzer, and Kenley Jansen are all set to become free agents after the conclusion of the World Series (whether the Dodgers are in it or not).

Real end of an era vibes going on around Dodgertown, USA.

Franchise icon and long-time Dodger closer Kenley Jansen was asked about that feeling on Thursday evening in San Francisco. Whether this October had something of that “last dance” feeling for him and his teammates. The big man chose to focus on the moment.

“I’m not there yet, to be honest with you. All I think is win one game and try to win another championship here in Los Angeles. That’s where the mindset is right now and that time and moment will come when it needs to come.”

Hopefully after a November parade in Los Angeles.

Earlier in the season, Kenley was a little more open with OC Register scribe Bill Plunkett.

“Listen, man, whatever happens, I’m always going to be grateful to the Dodgers’ organization because they took care of my family. They gave me a second chance – from catcher to pitcher. … If this is my last year with the Dodgers, you don’t have any control. You don’t know. If this is my last year, I could go down as a champion again. Let’s win another championship.”

Between Seager, Taylor, Kershaw, Scherzer, and Jansen, let’s be honest. There’s not enough in the Guggenheim bank accounts to keep everyone and not hemorrhage money in luxury tax fees, if those remain a thing in the new collective bargaining agreement this offseason. One or two or all will be gone in 2022 and not a single one will get a proper goodbye on the field.

However, a goodbye at a championship parade would work just fine.

NEXT: Cody Bellinger is Ready to Start Fresh and Redeem Himself in the Postseason

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Scherzer will definitely be back. CT3 is a maybe. The others mentioned above will most likely be gone. We also have an opportunity to sign all stars Freddie Freeman, Kris Bryant, and Craig Kimbrel. Those guys would be great additions to our team.

  2. As he should. It’s such a stupid question to ask in the middle of a championship run and everyone knows the athletes don’t answer the question. Pointless

    • So true Don. I posted this under another article that this off-season will present a tremendous challenge for the Dodger FO. I don’t envy their task. Tough decisions will need to be made. I don’t think resources are available to re-sign all. Personally I think Seager is going to the Yankees. They are his boyhood team. He idolized Jeter. Yanks let it be known they are shopping for a SS. 2022 Yanks left side of the infield will feature the Seager brothers IMHO. Kyle Seager, Mariners 3B free agent. Mariners had the only Father/son combo when they had Ken Griffey and Jr. In the same outfield. The Seagers would sell a lot of tickets.

  3. I’m hoping Seager is back and CT3. and yes another dumb question to Kenley on what may happen to free agents after the playoffs. Give it a rest – enjoy the playoffs, Go Dodgers!

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