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Kenley Jansen signs with the Dodgers for five years, $80 million

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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.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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