For the first time since 2013, someone not named Kenley Jansen will be the Dodgers’ seamen on Opening Day.
Jansen and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal. The team announced this on Fridayofficially retiring from the Dodgers after 12 seasons.
Jansen caught up last year. The right-hander posted a 2.22 earned run average with 38 saves in 69 appearances after what he expected, at least, to be three underperforming seasons. Jansen recovered by countering his drop in speed with a more varied pitch mix.
But the Dodgers were unwilling to pay a premium for a 34-year-old helper, even one as important to the Dodgers as Jansen over the past decade.
At the peak of his powers – he was the best helper in the majors in 2016 and 2017 – Jansen almost exclusively threw a cutter. Last season he used his slider and sinker more than ever. It helped regain some of the lost speed.
The Dodgers signed Jansen as a catcher from Curaçao in 2004. He reached the majors as a reliever in 2010 and came closer in 2012. Ten years later he is the leader of the franchise with 350 saves.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-03-18/kenley-jansen-signs-atlanta-braves-dodgers-one-year-contract Braves signs Kenley Jansen to a one-year, $16 million deal