The Dodgers activated reliever Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter. To create room on the roster, Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jansen underwent surgery in February to remove a benign growth on his foot and started the season on the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t plan to use Jansen in save situations right away, so he’ll continue to utilize his closer-by-committee for the time being. The right-hander should be expected to slide back into the closer’s role by the end of May.
Jansen, 27, has been among the best in the business since regularly closing out games for the Dodgers in 2012. Since the start of the 2012 season, he has 97 saves with a 2.30 ERA and a 311/59 K/BB ratio in 207 innings.
It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.
That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.