He loves L.A.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly retained Kenley Jansen by agreeing to a five-year, $80-million deal with the closer, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. If completed, it will be the second-largest deal for a closer ever, behind Aroldis Chapman's reported $86-million deal with the Yankees from last week.
Jansen will be able to opt out of the deal after three years, reports Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, citing sources.
The Miami Marlins were also pursuing Jansen and reportedly made him a five-year offer that exceeded $80 million once they missed out on Chapman. The Washington Nationals jumped into the sweepstakes late as well, reportedly making Jansen a bigger offer than the one he accepted from the Dodgers.
The 29-year-old is coming off a career season that saw him post a 1.83 ERA and save 47 games en route to his first career All-Star appearance and winning the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award. Over his seven-year career, the converted catcher owns a 2.20 ERA, 0.893 WHIP, 632 strikeouts, and 189 saves across 409 appearances.
In addition to agreeing to a new deal with Jansen, the Dodgers also reportedly came to terms on a four-year, $64-million deal with third baseman Justin Turner. Earlier in the winter the team also retained left-hander Rich Hill on a three-year, $48-million deal.