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Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen Open To Return to Dodgers

The former Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen landed back in Los Angeles and was confronted by TMZ paparazzi.

Jansen was nice enough to stop and talk to the reporter and was asked if he’ll be open to returning to the Boys in Blue.

The 35-year-old said, “Hey, we’ll see,” with a smile and finished with “we’ll see what’s out there.”
Kenley also mentioned that he can’t go into more talks since he is still tied with the Atlanta Braves. Jansen signed with the Braves last off-season for a 1-year $16 million contract.

The Curacao native spent 12 seasons with the Dodgers, which was remarkable; however, it was a rocky one towards the end. There is no doubt that Jansen is the greatest Dodgers closer of all time. He is the Dodgers’ all-time leader in saves with 350 and captured his first title in 2020 with the squad. 

In the interview, Jansen mentions that he had a blast in Atlanta and cherishes his time there.

The former catcher turned closer has a lot to think about this off-season. The Dodgers would need a closer for the 2023 season, so anything can happen on that front.

Kenley had a great 2022 campaign with a 5-2 record, grabbing 41 saves, 85 strikeouts, 1.05 WHIP with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings pitched.

He has shown that he still has plenty in the tank, and I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing back the big right-hander.

What do you guys think? Do you guys want to see Kenley back in Dodger blue?

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Ricardo Sandoval

I write about sports. Staff writer at Dodgers Nation, LA Sports Report network of sites, and Newsweek. I’m also lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan.


  1. Bring Jansen back. Sign Aaron Judge. Re-sign Trea Turner. Sign Joe Maddon or Mike Soscia as a bench coach.

  2. Jansen owes US, from Game 2 of 2017 WS. Roberts owes US, tons of games that were not won especially Game 5 2019 nlds. Both of which will never happen. NO, NO, NO to Jansen & Roberts.

  3. Not sure I need more heart attacks. I didn’t follow him much in ’22, but despite his record, he always gave up hard contact in the past few years, which is concerning. His good record didn’t tell the full tale of his performance. I’d rather have a lights out closer who shuts down the entire 9th with no traffic whatsoever. Evan Phillips sounds great, or Treinen if he gets back to his former self.

  4. Nope. The diva will have to deal with the new pitch clock rule. With runners on base he has taken an average of 27 seconds, the most for a an MLB pitcher this year, but will be given only 20 seconds under the new rules.

  5. Sure sign him, and you know Koufax looked pretty good sitting in the home crowd last week. He’s had a long break he may be ready to comeback.

  6. We should have never let him go in the first place, so yes bring him back and his general reliability. Compared to Nut job Craig Kimbrel, he is Mariano Rivera…

  7. Roberts and Kenley need to stay as far away as possible from this team. Roberts and Mattingly both were lucky to have talented players that made their imperfections look minor. This year’s early exit has proven once again that Roberts, just like his predecessor, cannot manage a team full of talent, yet alone can’t manage a game, especially in the postseason.

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