Henry Schulman covers the San Francisco Giants. However, recently Schulman had a scoop pertaining to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It was two years ago that the Dodgers signed closer Kenley Jansen to a new 5-year, $80 million dollar contract. This would come to be the largest contract given during the Farhan Zaidi reign with Los Angeles. Now, Schulman says that he hears this was not in the favor of the Dodgers’ front office at the time. Rather, it was an ‘ownership call’.
I believe the biggest free-agent deal #Dodgers did with Zaidi as GM was re-signing Jansen at 5/80. When I suggested to a source then that a long-term $18m AAV deal for a closer did not sound Friedman/Zaidiesque, because metrics devalue saves, I was told it was an ownership call.
— Henry Schulman BLUE CHECK MARK (@hankschulman) January 16, 2019
Schulman went on to point out in the tweet that the price paid for Jansen was an interesting figure. Equally important, he points out that the analytics devalues the save as a whole, and that part is true. So when something breaks that reports the Dodgers’ ownership group over-ruling the front office minds, it is an interesting story.
Jansen had one of his best seasons ever in 2017. Then in 2018, he struggled with some health issues and over-use from the 2017 World Series.
With three years left on his current deal – it will be interesting to see if he can come close to earning the $18M annually he is paid on his contract.
Equally important is the question of why did ownership feel the need to retain Jansen at all costs? One could speculate they see him as a cornerstone of the franchise or significant drawing card that puts fans in the seats. Do you feel like either of these statements are true? Why would the ownership group elect to over-rule Zaidi and Andrew Friedman on something like this?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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