Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will join Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic semifinals, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Its opponent is not yet known, but it will be Puerto Rico, the United States, Venezuela, or the Dominican Republic.
Jansen, 29, signed a five-year, $80 million contract to return to the Dodgers in January. He’ll earn far less than that for his participation in the WBC.
This past season, Jansen saved 47 games with a 1.83 ERA and a 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings for the Dodgers. Needless to say, Jansen is a pretty big addition for the Netherlands.
The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.
Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.
Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.