ESPN: Dodgers re-sign Jensen to 5 years/$80million
12/12/2016 1:13:16 PM
By: Dr. Spock
"Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers have agreed on a 5-year, $80 million deal, a Dodgers source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden.
His deal is the second-largest free-agent reliever contract in history, behind Aroldis Chapman's 5-year, $86M deal with the Yankees from earlier this offseason.
Jansen recorded 47 saves in 71 appearances for the Dodgers in 2016, finishing the year with a 1.83 ERA. He was the recipient of Major League Baseball's 2016 Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award.
After a June 20 save against the Washington Nationals, Jansen became the all-toime saves leader in Dodgers history, passing Eric Gagne's previous record of 161. Jansen finished the year with 189 saves. His 632 strikeouts as a reliever also passed Jim Brewer's club record of 604.
Using his overpowering cut fastball, Jansen struck out 104 batters in 68 2/3 innings this past season, with just 11 walks and posted a major league leading 0.67 WHIP. His 9.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio was best in the National League.
Jansen, who was converted from a catcher to a reliever by the Dodgers while still in the minor leagues, was the anchor of the team's bullpen that registered franchise records in both innings pitched (590 2/3) and appearances (607). Both numbers led the major leagues.
Information from ESPN's Doug Padilla was used in this report."