Dodgers, Kenley Jansen agree to 5-year, $80M deal

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ reluctance to overpay for a closer was trumped by their reluctance to go into the 2017 season without one of the top ones.The Dodgers and Kenley Jansen have reached agreement on a contract that will make the franchise’s all-time saves leader the second-highest paid closer in baseball history behind only Aroldis Chapman, who signed last week with the New York Yankees.Jansen’s deal is expected to be for five years and $80 million. Chapman signed for five years and $86 million. Jansen’s contract is pending a physical.At the same time, the Dodgers are close to reaching agreement with another in-house free agent. Third baseman Justin Turner is expected to sign a four-year, $64 million deal once the details are finalized. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Jansen and Turner agreements would mean the Dodgers went 3 for 3 in their top off-season priorities by re-signing Rich Hill as well. It would also mean a combined total of $192 million in new salary commitments for a team hoping to bring payroll down.last_img read more