The Dodgers enter this offseason with perhaps more uncertainty than ever before. With so many guys set to hit the free-agent market, there is no telling what direction the team will go. It also seems more than likely that there will be key guys moving on from the team in 2022.
Kenley Jansen is one of those guys that might not be back with the Dodgers next year. And if he did just throw his last pitch with Los Angeles, what a way to go out. Kenley finished the year by absolutely dominating across 8 postseason appearances, striking out 14 across 7 innings.
He also wrapped up his year with a very solid final 2 months of the regular season. After the loss to the Braves in Game 6, Kenley was asked about his future with the Dodgers. He sounded just as unsure about a return as any of us on social media.
It’s not in my hands. I gotta thank God for the great opportunity I had here as a Dodger. I’m thankful to be here for all these years. This is the only team I know. They believed in me when I was 17 years old as a catcher. And then they made me a pitcher and believed in me as a pitcher. And here I am now. It happened fast. I enjoyed this journey. And I’ll always say, whatever happens, I’ll always be a Dodger.
It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for Dodgers fans with Kenley since the 2017 World Series. He’s had good years and bad years, getting booed off of the mound at Chavez Ravine and fans going while for him coming into the game late this season.
This postseason, he’s been as good as I’ve ever seen him, and he’s been dominant in the past. He’s been huge for us. -Clayton Kershaw
But one thing is for certain: Kenley is the greatest Dodgers closer of all time. He would finish his time in LA with 350 saves, more than twice as many as Eric Gagne who comes in at number 2 on the franchise record list.
With his up and down couple of years, it’s tough to say what sort of contract Kenley will earn in free agency. He signed a 4-year deal worth $80 million for 5 years in February of 2017. There’s not telling how much he will earn, but it seems reasonable to assume the Dodgers will be priced out.