As Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are said to be close to deals with free agents Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers and Jansen are in agreement on a five-year, $80M deal, which would be just $6M less than the Yankees gave closer Aroldis Chapman just last week.
Jansen, 29, is coming off his best season season as the Dodgers closer, having posted a 3-2 record with a superb 1.83 ERA and 47 saves. His 13.6 K/9 was a career best and he has really cut down his walks in recent years. He was called on to have big performances in the postseason this year and the Dodgers are rewarding him after excelling in those critical opportunities.
For his career, Jansen has posted a very-respectable 2.20 ERA and has racked up 189 saves. He was one of the hotter free agents on the market, as the Nationals and Marlins were said to be very serious contenders for his services since they were in the market for a closer. ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that despite being offered more money from both Washington and Miami, Jansen opted to remain in L.A.
Justin Turner, 32, had a career year last season for the Dodgers at the hot-corner, slashing .275/.339/.493, while hitting 27 home runs and driving in 90 runs. The Dodgers didn't really have a backup plan for third base, so the plan was to always try and resign Turner, otherwise a trade may have been the only other solution to fill the void. Other teams have had concerns about Turner's age, as he is already 32 and agreeing to a long-term deal might not be in the team's best interest, for the fear of his potential decline. The Dodgers and Turner are close to a four-year deal, and it was reported earlier this offseason that Turner was seeking $16M per NY Post's Joel Sherman reported that the current talks between the two sides have been in the vicinity of $64M, though no deal has been completed as of yet.
After resigning Rich Hill earlier, the Dodgers are splashing out the cash and if you combine the three contracts, it will likely be in the $200M range. The Dodgers will likely blow past the luxury tax once again, but after four straight NL West Division titles, they have their eyes firmly planted on winning a World Series Championship.