jansen_2013-05-25

Dodgers sign Kenley Jansen to $4.3 million deal, avoid arbitration

jansen_2013-05-25And just like that, all is right in Dodger camp. Word came down on Tuesday the Dodgers and Kenley Jansen agreed to a 1-year, $4.3 million deal that allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.

Jansen had asked for $5.05 million, while the Dodgers offered $3.5 million. The midpoint was $4.275 million, which is a “win” for Jansen.

Jansen’s arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 18, but it was widely believed the two sides would come to an agreement before that time. No one really likes going to arbitration to let an independent third party determine the value of a player (just watch for the fireworks from Cincinnati with Homer Bailey). It was obvious the Dodgers and Jansen wanted to get this done sooner rather than later.

Jansen gets a raise from the paltry (by baseball standards) $512,000 he made last season. He has established himself as one of the best closers in baseball and is worth every penny of his new deal. Considering what the Dodgers are paying Brandon League and Brian Wilson (at least he’s good), Jansen is an absolute steal.

It’s likely the team will continue to go year-to-year with Jansen, as relievers are the the most volatile baseball players. A long-term extension would be nice, but it might not be prudent at this point. That isn’t a knock on Jansen’s ability by any means. It’s a commentary on relievers in general. But don’t worry, Jansen is still three years away from free agency.

Provided Jansen stays healthy, the Dodgers figure to have one of the best bullpens in the majors and one of the franchise’s best since the days of Takashi Saito-Jonathan Broxton, or even Eric Gagne-Guillermo Mota.

With the deal, the Dodgers avoid going to their first arbitration case since 2007, and push their projected payroll north of $260 million.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


779 comments
Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Anyone remember the game Mystery Date? Is Hanley the Dodgers' mystery date?

Or is it Drank?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

wait, which one is this? Erisbel Arruebarruena? 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Good morning, DD.  One day closer to the first game of the year.

KMT59
KMT59

@*~^VNDenergy^~*  are you around...trying to find out what's wrong with my boy through web MD but not getting anywhere

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Well okay then.

KMT59
KMT59

Got the abrupt wake up of  a 3 year old throwing up in the bed beside you...he woke up crawled into our bed then commenced to empty his stomach...not a nice sound to wake up too....glad everything is settled now

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

"your uteryou and my uterme are going to make our uterus."

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POP!!

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FLESH AND BONE

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DOWN HERE AT THE PS

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

NO EFB. YOU WILL NOT BEAT DRANK IN COMMENTS

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cant foight againt the youth

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ootos ootssy

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yeah gunna be revealed

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garden grove, you know that place Goat

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Defense-first shortstop.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Mike Petriello  this. 

"As tough as it’s been to sell anybody on the idea that the next few years of Drew is worth a draft pick, why in the world would anyone give up a valuable pick for just a single season of him? "

in just the past couple months i've come around on the idea of opt-outs, still fairly convinced they are one sided but apparently a part of the economic climate in baseball right now. but one year plus losing a draft pick, hell yeah i hope the yankees do it. some goats just want to watch the world burn. 



LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@TheReggieHurley You know why I don't? I love the raptor birds, and they die from eating rats with poison in them.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Dustin has a post about him coming.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

No, he's at camp early, said he wants to be a dodger for life