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.