The website SportTechie.com today released its list of the 25 most tech-savvy sports franchises in the world. The Dodgers rank eighth, behind only the Atlanta Braves among MLB teams.
The Dodgers and third baseman Justin Turner have agreed on the terms of a four-year, $64 million contract. Previous reports Sunday and Monday indicated the two sides were close; the deal is now pending a physical.
The Jansen and Turner agreements would mean the Dodgers went 3 for 3 in their top offseason priorities by re-signing Rich Hill and closer Kenley Jansen as well – an unexpected but highly successful outcome to the winter regardless of how they work out their remaining issues at second base and in the bullpen. It also would mean a combined total of $192 million in new salary commitments for a team hoping to bring payroll down. That payroll is expected to be in the neighborhood of $250 million next season, well over the luxury-tax threshold for a fifth consecutive season.
The Dodgers will need to clear one spot on their 40-man roster for Turner and Jansen, who agreed to terms on a five-year, $80 million contract Monday.
The 2017 Bill James Handbook is on shelves now. It’s 609 pages of facts, figures and other quantitative observations from the most recent baseball season. I’m always amazed at how quickly anyone can publish such massive amounts of data, let alone sort them and analyze them into something digestable.
Between tracking down Kenley Jansen contract details, I attempted to make the BJH even more digestable for Dodger fans. Here are 10 things that either I didn’t know, or didn’t know with nearly the same precision, before reading the book:
The Dodgers are close to re-signing third baseman Justin Turner to a four-year contract, first reported by Chris Camello of the Rebel Media Group on Sunday and confirmed in multiple reports Monday. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the contract will pay an average annual value of $16 million, with deferred money possibly pushing the total value beyond $64 million.
Turner, 32, is coming off a career year in which he played 151 games, hit 27 home runs, drove in 90 runs and finished ninth in National League MVP voting. The Long Beach native and former Cal State Fullerton standout was also a finalist for a Gold Glove Award in his first full season at third base.
Coincidentally, Turner attended teammate Kenley Jansen‘s wedding over the weekend in Curaçao. Jansen and the Dodgers agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract Monday, pending a physical.
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.
Read more from colleague Bill Plunkett here.