Dodgers longtime closer Kenley Jansen signs 1-year deal with the Braves

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Kenley Jansen will not be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2022 season.

The 34-year-old right-handed reliever has instead opted to sign with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Friday on social media.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the Braves signed Jansen to a one-year, $16 million deal.

Jansen, who has spent 12 seasons with the Dodgers and won a World Series with L.A. in 2020, was the team's longtime closer. Jansen is the Dodgers all-time leader in saves with 350.

In an interesting twist, Los Angeles introduced Freddie Freeman, who agreed to a six-year, $162 million contract, on the same day the Braves landed a longtime Dodgers stalwart.

The Dodgers and Braves have squared off in the last two NL Championship Series, each winning once on the way to a World Series title.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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