Alex Wood couldn’t get through the eighth inning, so Kenley Jansen did. The closer recorded first five-out save of his career in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The box score is here.
There’s an exit velocity tracker on the right field scoreboard for the first time, and the players have taken notice.
The Dodgers have agreed to terms with all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Justin Turner, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Kenley Jansen and Luis Avilan. According to Jon Heyman, Turner will make $5.1 million, Grandal $2.8 million, Jansen $10.65 million and Avilan $1.39 million.
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.
NASHVILLE — The Dodgers already have one elite closer on their roster and are rumored to be interested in another.
The Dodgers staged simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their pre-series workouts for the NLDS against the New York Mets. Game 1 is Friday at Dodger Stadium.
On Tuesday, Brett Anderson, Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias faced a group of batters. Wednesday was a bullpen game: Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia all threw simulated innings. Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez were among the batters.
The sim game ended when Gonzalez hit a home run off Garcia
Here is the (edited for time) video of Jansen’s inning: