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Dodgers' pitcher appears to be at the top of Miami's list of free agent relief pitchers

Will the Miami Marlins be able to sign reliever Kenley Jansen?

Per a report from Jon Heyman, the Miami Marlins top off-season priority is to sign free agent reliever, Kenley Jansen.

Jansen, who just turned 29 at the end of September, spent the season at the backend of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen and helped lead them through the post-season until they were eliminated in the National League Championship Series by the World Series bound Chicago Cubs. Jansen had the best year of an already impressive six year career in 2016 as he possessed a 1.83 ERA and an even lower FIP of 1.44, while he also nailed down 47 saves, but did blow six save opportunities over 71 games and just under 70 innings pitched.

He began his career as a catcher in the minor leagues, but eventually transitioned to the mound and his career is much better off because of the move. So far over his career, he has held opposing hitters to a lowly .169 batting average against. Since 2011, he has the third most fWAR of any reliever with 12.9 trailing just behind Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman and in 2016, he led all relievers with a 3.2 mark. 

If the Marlins are able to land Jansen, he would join an already strong bullpen that features A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough as Miami is hoping to build a super-pen with the intentions of shortening games for their starting pitchers. Something that has been extremely successful for contending teams in the past few years.

Adam Sanford is a writer for Hardball Scoops


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