Recently, Kenley Jansen has met his fair share of struggles. Moreover, free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel is still sitting out on the wire.
Jansen spoke with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times about the Dodgers adding Kimbrel as his teammate. Certainly, his responses are as interesting to read as one might imagine.
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Now if you take Jansen at his word – he’s all for the Dodgers suiting up Kimbrel. However, taking him at his word while examining them closely displays a guy who is battling some things right now.
So what does Jansen think of the possibility of the Dodgers signing Kimbrel?
“Why not?” Jansen said. “We want to win a championship, right?”
When I opened the article, I expected a lot longer initial response from the Dodgers closer who has 12 saves in 14 opportunities. Jansen’s responses didn’t get longer when asked if he is in any danger of losing his status as the finisher.
“That’s what I get paid for,” Jansen said. “I get paid for closing ballgames.”
Overall, pretty blunt stuff from the big man. Let’s move on to the next response. Jansen was asked about a change in role if the Dodgers were to sign Kimbrel. This is when it gets interesting.
“Why should I have to do anything different?” Jansen said. “That’s my question. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Indeed, that one sounds a little defensive on the part of Jansen. Things did not appear to get better when Jansen was asked about the alarming rate at which he is allowing home runs.
“That’s being a reliever, man,” he said. “You throw one inning. If I’m a starter, I can throw four more innings and get that thing down.”
And so there you have it. The Los Angeles Dodgers closer of the time being would be alright with them adding Craig Kimbrel but he does not want to be asked about his role, adjustments, or his propensity for allowing home runs lately.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments on Jansen, the role, and how the Dodgers would be best to manage the situation should they sign Kimbrel. It’s certainly interesting that we are heading towards mid-May and it’s still a worthy conversation worth having.