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Dodgers News: Kenley Jansen’s Contract Contains Opt-Out

The Dodgers gave Kenley Jansen a five-year deal worth $80 million. The financial compensation was less than what the Washington Nationals offered, and possibly less than the Miami Marlins’ contract, which was in the same ball park. In his agreement with L.A., Jansen received an opt-out clause after three years, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports and other reports.

Opt-out clauses are baseball’s latest trend. Free agents are requesting them two or three years in to have more power over their future earnings. It can provide upside for the team as financial relief, but if a player is opting out, he is obviously set to earn a raise or more years.

It’s a solid move for Jansen, who copied Aroldis Chapman’s blueprint for an opt-out. If both find continued success, they’ll hit the market again when relievers’ contracts may be even richer. If that isn’t the case, the player has an extra two-year safety net.

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The Dodgers could benefit as well. Even if Jansen is dominant, hitting free agency a couple years early frees up salary. By that point, it’s reasonable to think L.A. would be interesting in a younger alternative.

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Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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