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Braves sign pitcher Kenley Jansen to one-year, $16M deal

Oct 23, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) pitches during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves in game six of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

On the same day the Braves lost a key free agent to the Dodgers, Atlanta brought in a star from Los Angeles.

Right-handed reliever Kenley Jansen signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Braves on Friday.

The news broke shortly after the Dodgers confirmed their six-year deal with former Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. His contract reportedly is worth $162 million.

Jansen, 34, is a three-time All-Star who served as the Dodgers’ closer for most of the past 10 years. After a few rocky years — including poor postseason results during Los Angeles’ run to the 2020 World Series championship — he bounced back last year to save 38 games while going 4-4 with a 2.22 ERA.

In 701 outings over 12 major league seasons, all with the Dodgers, Jansen owns 350 saves (good for 13th place in baseball history) in 395 opportunities. He has a 37-26 record, a 2.37 ERA, 1,022 strikeouts and 204 walks in 707 innings.

In 57 postseason appearances, Jansen has 19 saves, a 3-2 record and a 2.13 ERA.

Last year, left-hander Will Smith led the Braves with 37 saves, and he was stellar in the postseason, going 2-0 with six saves and a 0.00 ERA in 11 appearances (11 innings).

–Field Level Media