Kenley Jansen “no return expected”


Of the Los Angeles Dodgers who became free agents this off-season, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Corey Seager stood out as the only players who spent their entire careers on the team.

Seager is no longer part of the group after signing a 10-year $ 325 million deal with the Texas Rangers earlier this week. Kershaw and Jansen remain in the open market, but their situation will not be clear until a new collective agreement is in place.

While the Dodgers are widely considered a favorite to sign Kershaw, he could ultimately choose to return home and join Seager in Texas, or possibly retire. As for Jansen, surprisingly, his market has not yet taken shape, only the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins have been associated with him so far.

Despite previous reports that LA was hoping to bring Jansen back, the right-handed is expected to sign elsewhere this winter, according to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times:

Jansen, the franchise’s all-time saves leader, is unlikely to return.

Jansen has been part of the Dodgers organization since he was hired by Curacao as an amateur free agent in 2004. Having struggled with disagreements over the past two seasons, he posted a solid 2.22 ERA, 3.08 FIP and 1.04 WHIP with 38 saves over 69 appearances that year.

Should the Dodgers sign Jansen again, Andrew Friedman, president of the baseball business, announced that he would remain in the narrower role and have the opportunity to add 350 parades to his franchise record.

Turner spoke to Jansen about free agency

After going through the process three times, Justin Turner recently announced that he had been in touch with Jansen and Joe Kelly regarding their independent representation, but not to apply pressure.

Jansen is on the open market for the first time since 2016 when he signed a five-year deal to stay with the Dodgers. Kelly, meanwhile, is a free agent for the first time since 2018 when he came to LA on a three-year deal.

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