Kenley Jansen remains unsigned going into the final day of the Winter Meetings. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
And then there was one.
On the same day closer Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees were reportedly finalizing a five-year, $86 million contract with Aroldis Chapman. With Davis and Chapman’s fate settled, Kenley Jansen remains baseball’s last premier closer whose 2017 address is unsettled.
Here’s where things stand with Jansen and the Dodgers:
Carlos Ruiz, left, played 21 games for the Dodgers after he was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers exercised the contract option of catcher Carlos Ruiz and traded him to the Seattle Mariners. The return is not yet known; according to one report the Dodgers will receive a pitcher on the Mariners’ 40-man roster.
Update (9:45 p.m.): The Dodgers will receive left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners, according to multiple reports Sunday night. Nuno pitched 55 games for the Mariners last season, all but one out of the bullpen, and went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 58 ⅔ innings. The left-hander walked 1.7 batters per nine innings and struck out 7.8. Club officials declined to confirm the reports because the trade hasn’t been finalized.
Ruiz, 37, was acquired in an Aug. 25 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran catcher A.J. Ellis and minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans. He threw out 41.7 percent of attempted base stealers in 2016, the best mark in baseball. Acquired to shore up the Dodgers’ struggles against left-handed pitching, Ruiz reached base in 11 of his 29 plate appearances against lefties in the regular season.
The Chicago Cubs scored once in the eighth inning, once in the ninth, and twice in the 10th inning to send the Dodgers to a 6-4 loss. The box score is here.
Clayton Kershaw had some strong thoughts about the Dodgers trading A.J. Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies. So do several Dodger teammates who posted their thoughts on social media.
Dodger fans celebrate Corey Seager’s single with two out in the ninth inning to break up a no-hit bid by the Giants’ Matt Moore during San Francisco’s 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday. (Kevin Sullivan/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers traded A.J. Ellis
to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon. By Thursday night, it appeared they still had not recovered, as Matt Moore took a no-hitter into the bottom of the ninth inning in the Giants’ 4-0 win
. The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.
Watch Vin Scully’s call of Seager’s single here.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
The Dodgers have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ellis was the Dodgers’ longest tenured player, a product of the same 2004 draft class that yielded Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley.
See what Ellis said today here, here and
Ruiz, 37, had a .261 batting average in 48 games for the Phillies this season.
Read a full recap of the trade and Ellis’ comments here.