The Dodgers have re-signed closer Kenley Jansen to a five-year contract worth $80 million. The contract is pending a physical.
Jansen got married over the weekend in his native Curaçao, but according to a source the pitcher might be able to fly back to Los Angeles this week to finalize the deal. It is the richest contract the Dodgers have ever given a relief pitcher, a hair below closer Aroldis Chapman‘s recently signed contract with the Yankees (five years, $86 million), and a substantive upgrade from the Dodgers’ initial offer of four years and $55 million.
Jansen, 29, recorded a career-high 47 saves in 2016 and became the Dodgers’ all-time saves leader in the process. He saved another three games in the playoffs and established his versatility as a multi-inning reliever.
In seven major league seasons, Jansen is 19-13 with a 2.20 ERA and 189 saves.
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