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Dodgers Re-Sign All-Star Closer Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the two sides reportedly agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract today, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.

Jansen’s contract with the Dodgers is the second-largest contract ever dished out to a MLB reliever, with Aroldis Chapman‘s five-year, $86 million deal with the New York Yankees being the only one larger.

The decision for Jansen reportedly came down to three teams: the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, and the Dodgers. MLB sources told Bowden that the Nationals and Marlins offered Jansen more money than the Dodgers did, but Jansen preferred to stay with the Dodgers all along.

During the 2016 season, Jansen passed Eric Gagne for the most saves in Dodgers history. Gagne recorded 161 saves in his Dodgers career, while Jansen finished the season with 189 saves.

With the Dodgers shelling out $86 million to Dodgers, their payroll will almost surely exceed $200 million again in 2016, leading to the Dodgers having to pay a hefty luxury tax bill.

The 29-year-old Jansen recorded 47 saves in 53 chances, while having a 1.81 earned run average and 104 strikeouts over 68.2 innings of work, while only walking 11 batters all year. Only Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, Kyle Barraclough, and Brad Hand punched out more batters as relief pitchers.

Jansen’s 2016 season won him Major League Baseball’s 2016 Trevor Hoffman National League Receiver of the Year Award. Jansen re-joins a Dodgers bullpen the features Pedro Baez, Chris Hatcher, Alex Wood, and others.

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