- The final remaining member of the big three free agent relievers has been taken off the board as right-handed closer Kenley Jansen has chosen to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a five-year, $80MM pact per Jim Bowden of ESPN. The deal contains an opt-out after the third year meaning Jansen can test the market once again in 2019 if he choses. Jansen marks the second free agent the Dodgers were able to keep from leaving as they inked a three-year deal with lefty Rich Hill last week to remain in white and blue. Jansen’s deal does not surpass the record deal fellow closer Aroldis Chapman received from the New York Yankees but comes pretty close which is impressive considering Jansen was tendered a qualifying offer and would have forced a team other than the Dodgers to surrender their first-round draft pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. Jansen has enjoyed tremendous success as the closer for the Dodgers over his career and 2016 was no different as he recorded a 1.83 ERA while racking up 47 saves in 68.2 innings of relief work and mowed down 104 batters to average a sizzling 13.6 SO/9 ratio for the season. Jansen was also sought after by the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. Both teams reportedly made him competitive offers but ultimately he chose to return home and stay with the Dodgers for another five years.
- The Dodgers are also nearing a four-year, $64MM agreement with third baseman Justin Turner per Chris Camello of the Rebel Media. A Turner signing would represent the third free agent the Dodgers have been able to keep from leaving. He hit .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs this past season. He was a key part of the Dodgers lineup in 2016 and looks to be a cornerstone at the hot corner for years to come.
- The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran southpaw John Danks to a minor-league deal per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He last pitched in May 2016 before the Chicago White Sox designated him for assignment despite being under contract and he hasn’t pitched since.