UPDATE: Many reports are now circulatng that the Washington Nationals made an offer to Jansen that was larger than the Dodgers’ offer, but that Jansen decided to stick with his old team due to his comfort level. The Nats offer, however, reportedly contained a lot of deferred money. Which, in all likelihood, made the offer less than that of the Dodgers in real financial terms by virture of the time value of money, interest and all of that stuff which, for some reason, people forget about when it comes to sports.
UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo reports that Jansen, like Aroldis Chapman, can opt out of his contract after the 2019 season.
2:34 PM: He was the second most notable closer on the market and he has now signed the second highest contract for a closer in baseball history. Kenley Jansen is returning to the Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million deal.
Jansen, who is 29, posted 1.83 ERA and a brilliant K/BB ratio of 104/11 in 68.2 innings while saving 47 games this past year. It was his seventh season for the Dodgers overall. In that time he has an ERA of 2.20, which is a nice ERA+ of 169, while saving 189 games.
Jansen was a must-have for the Dodgers and they paid a must-have price for him. They had to given the Miami Marlins reported desire to land him. And given what other top closers got this offseason. Aroldis Chapman is probably a little better than Jansen and he got $86 million. Mark Melancon is not as good as Jansen and he got $62 million.
The $80 million may seem like a lot for a closer, but Jansen got what the market is currently dictating for his services.
At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.
Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.
This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.
This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.