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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Sources: Red Sox, closer Kenley Jansen reach 2-year deal

Closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract, sources told ESPN, bolstering a Boston bullpen that ranked among the worst in baseball during the 2022 season.

Jansen, 35, spent this year with the Atlanta Braves after a dozen distinguished seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the National League with 41 saves, and his 391 career saves are second most among active players and eighth all-time.

In 64 innings with the Braves, Jansen struck out 85 batters, walked 22 and posted a 3.38 ERA. Over his career, Jansen has struck out 1,107 hitters in 769 innings with a 2.46 ERA and ranks among the most dominant closers in history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:51 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:55 AM (#6108485)
Okay, I don't know what the hell they're doing. Hopefully it's fun!
   2. Textbook Editor Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:59 AM (#6108487)
Wtf
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:07 AM (#6108490)
Chaim has been cleverly offering the second-highest bid on everyone, but accidentally won the bidding on Jansen.
   4. John M. Perkins Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:27 AM (#6108496)
Braves fan here, who was worried that Jansen would have trouble with the pitch clock.
I'm no longer worried.
   5. The Duke Posted: December 07, 2022 at 12:56 PM (#6108524)
Slowest pitcher in baseball
   6. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: December 07, 2022 at 01:47 PM (#6108537)
I genuinely lol'd at #3.

Also, Kenley was demoted last summer for a while because he was getting lit up! Crap, the Braves traded for Iglesias at the trade deadline as Kenley insurance. But sure, Red Sox, let's go 2 years at $16 per for that guy....egads.
   7. Jay Seaver Posted: December 07, 2022 at 02:46 PM (#6108561)
Can't much complain about having more good-to-better arms in the bullpen, I guess, although this seems like a crazy amount for someone who will pitch 50-60 innings. But, like someone mentioned in another thread, maybe we just need to re-calibrate what "a lot" is right now.

On the other hand, hey, maybe he can call his teammate from the 2017 Kingdom of the Netherlands WBC team and put in a good word!
   8. pikepredator Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:04 PM (#6108576)
Given the AAVs we're seeing I'd prefer the four-year deals for 31 year old starting pitchers over two-year deals for older RP. Or maybe I'm just overvaluing Taillon and Walker based on who they used to be. Maybe the Sox don't need more injury-prone starters. But I definitely feel like I'm at an 8th grade dance and everybody is finding partners and I'm feeling panicky that I'll be standing on the sidelines.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:35 PM (#6108584)
But I definitely feel like I'm at an 8th grade dance and everybody is finding partners and I'm feeling panicky that I'll be standing on the sidelines.


Of course the irony that you realise later in life, is that if you had just asked right from the start, about 95% of them would have said yes as they just wanted to dance and have fun.
Fortune, has and always, will favour the brave.

Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract,


The Final Piece! Sure, it's an oldie, but still a winner!

I had about 20 moves in my head that I'd thought the Red Sox should/might do...this was not on the list. I figure this is why I'm not a GM(or whatever) as I would not have made this move yet dudes who are smarter then I seem to think this was a good one.
   10. Textbook Editor Posted: December 07, 2022 at 05:41 PM (#6108600)
I mean, I look at a move like this and really my first reaction is: "That's $32 million that could have been spent locking down Devers or signing Xander."

Devers will get dealt before February and they'll blame the fact they had to fill out a pitching staff and have no money left.

i.e., I've reached "acceptance" on the Kubler-Ross scale.
   11. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: December 07, 2022 at 06:07 PM (#6108603)
I love how the Astros' success is driving up the price of veteran relievers, as though they'd assembled a highly paid veteran bullpen rather than gathering cheap castoffs and juicing them upteaching them new grips and how to add extra velocity.
   12. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 06:22 PM (#6108604)
Also, Kenley was demoted last summer for a while because he was getting lit up!


Kenley had heart trouble during the 2018 season, and surgery that offseason. He's never really been the same. He still strikes guys out, but he can no longer control the long ball without walking the ballpark.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 07, 2022 at 07:36 PM (#6108618)
Jansen is the slowest working pitcher in MLB, and reportedly has trouble holding runners, so he may have to make some adjustments for the pitch clock era and bigger bases encouraging more stolen base attempts. He won’t be the only one.
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:51 PM (#6108636)
Jansen is the slowest working pitcher in MLB, and reportedly has trouble holding runners,


Ain't gonna matter chief, Kenley ain't allowing no baserunners whilst pitching for the good guys!
   15. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 08, 2022 at 08:17 AM (#6108677)
I am so, so, underwhelmed by this signing. Is this the magical Rays acumen we are supposed to be seeing in Chaim? Can anyone explain what deliciously crafty trade or signing he has done?

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