Finding a lockdown closer has become a necessity in today’s game, but finding one that can constantly get the job down is a rarity. Kenley Jansen became that guy for the Dodgers during his tenure with the team and while he endured several bumps along the road over the past couple of seasons, he showed in the second half of this past season he can still be trusted.
With him now hitting free agency once again, opposing teams will surely be interested in adding him to their roster. According to MLB Insider John Heyman, Jansen is on the wish list of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Phillies need two OFs and a SP (or two), but closer is a priority. On their wish list: Josh Hader, Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen. Since Brewers would require a haul for Hader and Jansen loves LA, their best shot might be Kimbrel, who has a Dombrowski tie (Boston) @MLBNetwork
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 19, 2021
The Phillies are looking to significantly upgrade their bullpen and find a new closer after the position did not yield positive results. Longtime closer Hector Neris fell apart in the dog days of summer and also hit free agency this winter. While they are interested in bringing him back, it won’t be as their ninth-inning guy. The Phillies will be looking for a better option to close out games in order to get back into the postseason behind star Bryce Harper.
Unfortunately for them, the Dodgers will be in the mix. Both Jansen and Los Angeles both would love to keep the relationship going, yet the Dodgers have plenty of other holes to fill and are tied up this offseason in terms of salary space. Jansen would seemingly have to take a cheaper deal to stay in Los Angeles but would he be willing to? The Phillies may be more inclined to pay up to sign Jansen after getting a poor season from their pen so staying in LA is no lock.