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Dodgers Rumors: Giants Possible Match for Kenley Jansen?

May 25, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds during a MLB game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers have numerous notable key players coming off the books this offseason and arguably none are more important than Kenley Jansen who reportedly has interest from the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants are in desperate search of a consistent closer to solidify a bullpen that was dead last in blown saves last season. According to Casey Stern from MLB Network Radio, the possibility for the Giants to land Jansen makes perfect sense for both sides. Jansen has let it known he will go to a team with the highest bid, and with the Dodgers straddled with having to pay and keep free agents it remains to be seen if they can keep Jansen at his asking price.

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In addition to the interest Casey Stern, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also believes that Kenley Jansen could be a good fit for the Giants. San Francisco is also looking at Justin Turner, according to Rosenthal.

The Giants are reportedly meeting with representatives for free agent closer Aroldis Champman, which means that they are still looking at the entire market. Hopefully they feel that Aroldis Chapman will be a better fit so that the Dodgers have a better chance at re-signing Jansen.

The top priority for the Dodgers this season is to retain Turner and, or Jansen; however, if they are to loose both Turner and Jansen to the Giants it would be extremely disappointing. Regardless of potential winter meeting roster changes, Dodgers fans must trust that the front office will look to optimize this Dodgers roster at every position to compete for a championship, while maintaining payroll flexibility.

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  1. Easier said then done. Both Jansen and Turner will play the market, take their time to find the highest paying suitor. The FO will look to play Jansen and Chapman against one another in negotiations, So long as the Dodger end up with one of them. They better not miss on both like they did last year with Greinke and Price. I don’t mind losing both Jansen or Turner so long it’s not to the damn Giants!

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