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Los Angeles Dodgers Notes: Kenley Jansen Will Not Pitch For Team Netherlands In World Baseball Classic

After signing a five-year, $80 million contact with the Los Angeles Dodgers, closer Kenley Jansen will skip the World Baseball Classic.

Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Kenley Jansen will not play for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. 


Plunkett mentioned that Kenta Maeda is expected to tell Team Japan that he will not play, and Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to play in the event. 

On December 12, Jansen re-signed with the Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contact. The deal was made official on January 10 after the physical was completed and the papers were signed. 

The closer pitched in 72 games during the 2016 season with Los Angeles, tossing 68 and 2/3 innings of work. Jansen allowed 14 runs on 35 hits and 11 walks, while logging 104 strikeouts. The 29-year-old recorded 47 saves for the Dodgers. 

Team Netherlands currently has former big league pitchers Jair Jurrjens, Shairon Martis and Rick VandenHurk on the roster. The team, managed by Hensley Meulens, will add more athletes to their roster as Game 1 on March 6 gets closer.