The Dodgers lured longtime Braves star Freddie Freeman away in free company this week, so naturally Atlanta needed to poach certainly one of Los Angeles’ veterans in return.
All-Star nearer Kenley Jansen has signed with the defending champion Braves, the staff introduced Friday evening. The deal is for one 12 months and is price $16 million.
Jansen joins what was already an elite bullpen, and will push it over the sting to turning into tops in all the Majors. Atlanta now has Jansen, Will Smith, Tyler Matzek and Collin McHugh as choices within the back-end of their ‘pen, 4 pitchers who may simply be top-shelf closers on different golf equipment. Additionally they have Kirby Yates ready within the wings as soon as he returns from damage, and younger arms like Luke Jackson and A.J. Minter within the steady as effectively.
The Braves had many key items hitting the open market after final season’s World Collection run, which led many to doubt their possibilities at repeating as champions. However whereas they’ve misplaced Freeman, they’ve introduced in slugger Matt Olson, re-signed Eddie Rosario and assembled their menacing bullpen. Oh, and so they’re set to get MVP candidate Ronald Acuña Jr. again from damage after he did not even play within the postseason.
Jansen brings loads of playoff expertise with him, so he’ll be capable of reply the decision in large moments ought to the Braves get again there. He gained the World Collection in 2020 with the Dodgers and has appeared in 57 playoff video games.
A 3-time All-Star, Jansen has racked up 350 saves over his 12-year profession. In 2021, he posted a 2.22 ERA and struck out 86 batters over 69 innings. He logged a 185 ERA+, which means he was considerably higher than the league common pitcher (100).