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.
Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier spent his first five games with the Yankees on the road, playing once in Minnesota and four games in Seattle. He was set to take his first at-bat as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against the Reds. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go how he likely expected them.
The Yankees quickly loaded the bases on consecutive singles from Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius, and Chase Headley to lead off the bottom of the second inning. That brought up Frazier in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium. He got ahead in the count 3-1 against Luis Castillo before hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza. Gregorius went back to second base because he thought the ball had a chance to be caught on a line. Peraza stepped on the second base bag, then fired to first base for the double play. Votto then threw across the diamond to Eugenio Suarez at third base, catching Gregorius out in no man’s land. Holliday scored in the meantime, breaking a 0-0 tie, but Gregorius was eventually called out for running out of the base line in a run down.
Frazier entered the evening with just two hits (both singles) and one walk in 18 plate appearances as a Yankee.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have agreed to a deal with the White Sox for reliever Anthony Swarzak. The White Sox will receive 3B/OF Ryan Cordell in return.
It’s no secret that the 53-48 first-place Brewers are on the hunt for relief help. While closer Corey Knebel has been great, the Brewers have been shaky leading up to the ninth inning as Carlos Torres owns a 4.65 ERA and Oliver Drake 5.05.
Swarzak, 31, has posted a 2.23 ERA with a 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this season. He can become a free agent after the season.
Cordell, 25, hit .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s the Brewers’ No. 17 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.