The Nationals, Marlins and Dodgers seem to be among the favorites to sign free agent closer Kenley Jansen.
Miami is thought to have made Jansen an offer for five-years worth about $80 million, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, and the Dodgers are still involved in talks, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Now that Aroldis Chapman is off the market after signing an $86 million deal with the Yankees at the Winter Meetings, it seems Jansen will be the next closer to sign. Both the Nationals and Marlins were reportedly considering Mark Melancon, but he too signed earlier this week.
The Marlins entered the Winter Meetings with the intention of building a “super bullpen,” and signing Jansen contribute to its development. Manager Don Mattingly is familiar with Jansen, who still might prefer to return to Los Angeles.
Washington and Los Angeles have been in the market for relief help since the end of the season.
It’s unlikely Jansen receives a deal worth more than Chapman’s because any team that signs him, with the exception of the Dodgers, would lose a draft pick. Still, some teams, such as the Marlins, might be open to losing the pick if it means signing Jansen.