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Kenley Jansen
Birthdate: 9/30/1987 (29 y, 5 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-6/260     Position: P
Contract: $80M / 5 Years (2017 - 2021)
RotoWire News: Jansen says he will join the Netherlands for the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic, Ken Gurnick of reports. (3/15/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jansen somehow keeps getting better. His strikeout and walk rates have both improved each of the last two seasons while his swinging strike rate hit a career-high 17%. Just for good measure, he notched a career-high 47 saves, too. All the while, he is doing his best Mariano Rivera imitation by leaning on his cutter an eye-popping 94% of the time. In fact he is almost a supercharged Rivera as his cutter runs at a 93.6 MPH average, whereas Mo was more 91-92 with his. Jansen’s 104 strikeouts actually gave him more than two starters qualified for the ERA title (Martin Perez and Jered Weaver at 103 apiece). There is a case for Jansen atop the closer ranks, though it’s an open discussion between Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Zach Britton. Jansen going back to LA mitigates some fantasy risk as you never know exactly how a player will transition to a brand new city with a lofty contract. He will still have expectations raised due to his payday, but he is an established with the Dodgers and honestly, the money doesn’t really kick in until 2019. He makes essentially his 2016 salary in both 2017 and 2018. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Jansen is a preseason injury in 2015 away from four straight 100-strikeout seasons and those strikeouts help set him apart from the herd at closer. The lowest you can reasonably slot Jansen is third among closers and there are plenty of reasons to slot him at the very top. He only needs one pitch to decimate the opposition and shows no signs of slowing down.

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