If the Rangers move Neftali Feliz into the rotation they could simply turn closing duties over to Mike Adams, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that another possibility is reuniting with Frank Francisco.
Last offseason the Rangers traded Francisco to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, which worked out pretty damn well for Texas. According to Sullivan they’ve “expressed interest” in bringing him back as a free agent, but only for a one- or two-year contract.
He can’t be counted on for more than 50 or 60 innings, but over the past four seasons Francisco has a 3.54 ERA, 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and a .226 opponents’ batting average while averaging 94.1 miles per hour with his fastball. He’s yet to cement his status as an “established closer” but he’s certainly plenty capable.
SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.
Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.
Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.
His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.