Atlanta Braves sign closer Kenley Jansen to 1-year, $16 million deal

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Atlanta Braves signed longtime Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to a one-year, $16 million contract, the team announced Friday.

Jansen, 34, has spent his entire 12-year career in the majors with the Dodgers, helping the franchise win a World Series in 2020. He will now pitch for a team in the Braves that bested Los Angeles in the National League Championship Series the following year.

The right-hander had a bounce-back season in 2021, generating his highest average fastball velocity since 2017 and wielding a cutter that recovered some of the mojo he had lost through the years. He finished the season with a 2.22 ERA and 38 saves.

Jansen owns a 2.37 career ERA with 1,022 strikeouts and 350 saves. OnlyChicago White SoxcloserCraig Kimbrel(372) has more saves since Jansen's debut in 2010.

To make room for Jansen on the 40-man roster, Atlanta placed right-handerJay Jacksonon the 60-day injured list because of a right lat strain.

ESPN's Buster Olney contributed to this report.

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