Given the uncertainty around the shortstop position and the Braves already record-high payroll, it felt highly unlikely that Kenley Jansen was going to return for a second season, especially when it was rumored he was receiving two-year offers. It looked like the Giants were the frontrunners to land him, but today, the Red Sox inked Jansen to a two-year contract worth $32 million.
Breaking: Closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract, sources told @JeffPassan. pic.twitter.com/GvwnEP3nY3
— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 2022
Jansen gave Braves’ fans heart attacks throughout the 162-game season, but overall, he was still one of the better closers in the game. He led the league in saves with 41 and was at his best to finish the season. At 35-years-old, I’m not sure he’ll ever perform like he was a few years ago when he made three straight All-Star games, but this is a more than fair contract for both sides, and since he’s now in the American League, Braves’ fans can root for him from afar.
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