Friday was the deadline for teams to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before each side proposed a 2016 salary figure. The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since pitcher Joe Beimel in 2007.
Jansen made $7.425 million in 2015, when he recorded 36 saves (seventh in the National League) despite missing the first month of the season. His 2016 salary is the second-highest ever for a closer in his final year of arbitration eligibility, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon’s $12 million salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
The Hall of Fame pitcher, speaking on a conference call with other TBS broadcasters on Wednesday morning, was thinking along the same lines of the Dodgers’ staff for their middle relief innings.
“I think they have to pull one of those starters that is used to pitching in those middle innings to try to get righties and lefties out,” Martinez said. “If they can pull one of those starters, they can build a bridge to get to (closer Kenley) Jansen.”
Martinez is a studio analyst for TBS, which holds the right to the entire first round of National Legaue games. The network assigned Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and reporter Sam Ryan to the Dodgers-Mets series.
Kenley Jansen/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers will be off to Colorado for a three-game series with the Rockies beginning Friday. The last time the Dodgers were there, closer Kenley Jansen was unavailable to pitch the final game of that series on June 3. It turns out, he had high blood pressure.
Mattingly on Tuesday said he expects Jansen to be fully available with no limitations when the team hits the Mile High city (Denver) again.
“I’m expecting him to be available, for sure,” Mattingly said. “I’m sure Stan (Conte) will have some precautions, things that we have to look out for and he’ll have to pay attention to going into that.”
Mattingly said one precaution all players need to take for the high elevation at Colorado is staying hydrated.
Conte is vice president of medical services for the Dodgers.