Kenley Jansen is arguably the best closer out on the market today if you take into consideration Aroldis Chapman’s “fuzzy” domestic issues. Coming off a seasons where he became the Dodgers’ all-time saves leader and a heroic performance in the playoffs, it’s easy to see why the tension is high amongst Dodger fans whether or not Jansen is coming back.
So far, the winter meetings being held in Baltimore this year have produced a lot of trades and signings, but the headliners are definitely the 3 year contract signed by Rich Hill to the Dodgers and the 4 year deal signed by Mark Melancon to the Giants. The Melancon deal is the most intriguing here because it sets the price for the market on closers this off-season.
With Melancon receiving a 4 year / $62M deal from the Giants, everyone is assuming that Jansen and Chapman are going to receive deals well north of that. Chapman has been rumored to want a six year deal and if he gets a higher annual salary than Melancon, then we’re looking at a $100M+ deal for a closer that would pitch 65-70 innings a season. That six year deal is most likely a pipe dream, but the chances are very good that Jansen and Chapman will receive five year deals starting at around $85M.
The Yankees have already offered both Jansen and Chapman, but the details of the offer have not been shared with anyone yet.
“Offers have been put out there,” Cashman said. “(Chapman agent) Barry Praver and (Jansen agent) Adam Katz are the people you’d have to ask about whether it’s progress or not. We’re still having the dialogue, but whether it leads us to a positive resolution from our perspective or not remains to be seen. They’re still active with a whole bunch of people.” – NY Daily News
Next up, we have the Marlins and an old friend of Dodger Fans, Don Mattingly. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Mattingly has reached out to Jansen to just gauge interest, but according to Mark Saxon of ESPN.com, the chances are low that the Marlins will be in serious consideration.
“With Kenley, obviously there is a whole different level [financially] that’s definitely above what I do,” Mattingly said. “But I’ve had contact with those guys to see if they have any interest, because some guys may say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to play in Miami. I want to stay on the West Coast.'” – Marlins.MLB.com
I've heard the Marlins aren't feeling great about their chances of landing Kenley Jansen
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 7, 2016
The Dodgers are definitely in contact with Jansen’s team and have made it clear that Jansen and Justin Turner are their highest priorities now that Rich Hill has been signed. It looks like there are going to be a few more tense days ahead for Dodger fans to see if the Dodgers All-Time leader in saves is going to be returning.