Los Angeles Dodgers sign right handed relief pitcher Kenley Jansen to a five year deal

Lake Charles, Louisiana
December 12, 2016 6:45pm CST
Los Angeles Dodgers right handed relief pitcher Kenley Jansen on Monday has signed a five year, $80 million dollar contract with the only team he has pitched for since he made his debut in the Major Leagues in 2010. Jansen, 29, had offers as a free agent to leave the Dodgers to pitch as the closer with the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals before he decided to stay with the Dodgers. His contract does have a opt out clause after the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Jansen pitched in 72 games for the Dodgers in a relief pitcher role during the 2016 Major League Baseball season posting a record of 3 wins and 2 losses with an earned run average of 1.83 with 47 saves. Jansen was the winner of the Trevor Hoffman National League Relief Pitcher Award during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
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@JohnRoberts (44924)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Dec 16
Such a sense of relief! I was afraid he would sign with Miami ensuring the Dodgers are toast next season. He got the amount of money I predicted.
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• Lake Charles, Louisiana
13 Dec 16
I saw Kenley pitch in the playoffs. He makes former New York Yankees closer Mo Rivera look tame by comparison with his blazing fastball.
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@JohnRoberts (44924)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Dec 16
@Deepizzaguy There has been criticism of this contract but they had no one to replace him and he is one nasty closer.