Dodgers Rumors: Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner Will Return to L.A.

In a surprising development, the Dodgers are close to re-signing Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. For most of the offseason, the assumption was the team would only keep one of its two expired stars. That no longer appears to be the case.

Jansen reportedly has an $80+ million deal on the table from Miami, so the full terms of his contract with the Dodgers will be fascinating. Buster Olney of ESPN reported this morning Turner and the Dodgers were nearing a deal.

Turner and other Dodgers were at Jansen’s wedding this weekend; perhaps that made a significant difference in his decision. Olney previously reported people in the industry questioned L.A.’s willingness to pay Jansen. The contract is for $80 million, meaning Jansen took less than Miami’s offer, and the Dodgers were indeed willing to pay him a premium.

Los Angeles signing Turner, Jansen and Rich Hill is quite the turnaround from what most assumed would happen this winter. The Dodgers prevent having any massive holes and can focus on adding a right-handed bat and more bullpen help. Keeping the band together could make the team push harder for immediate help, keeping in mind rumored trade candidates such as Brian Dozier or Ryan Braun. Even without a follow up move, retaining the trio would be a major win for the organization.

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