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Dodgers, Kenley Jansen avoid arbitration for $4.3 million

Feb 11, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

Kenley Jansen AP

Kenley Jansen has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers by inking a one-year, $4.3 million contract, which is $25,000 above the midpoint of his submission and the team’s counter.

Jansen sometimes flies under the radar when stud relievers are discussed because he’s yet to rack up huge save totals, but no one has been more dominant over the past four seasons. Since debuting in 2010 he has a 2.10 ERA in 216 appearances, striking out an incredible 347 batters in 222 innings while holding opponents to a .158 batting average.

If the Dodgers let him keep the closer job all season he’ll likely save 40-plus games and then he’ll be incredibly expensive this time next year.

  1. Professor Fate - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    In this brave, new world, “The Dodgers” and “incredibly expensive” are no longer mutually exclusive. If Jansen performs well the Dodgers will happily pay him even more.

  2. kingkershaw - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Best Closer In The Game. I expect it shouldn’t be long until they sign him to a long term deal. Too bad the Braves can’t do the same.

    • ch0psuey - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Not gonna say anything about this seeing as how your name has Kershaw in it /facepalm.

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