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.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.