Braves sign Kenley Jansen, completes one of the best bullpens in baseball

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Just as the Braves lost Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers lost star closer Kenley Jansen. Two important figures in each respective franchise will now play for their most hated rival. The team announced the signing of Jansen on a one-year, $16 million deal Friday night.

The Braves steal the Dodgers’ all-time saves leader in the same week Los Angeles steals Freeman from Atlanta. The 6-foot-5 fan favorite was critical in the Dodgers’ return to prominence.

Jansen was a three-time All-Star from 2016-18, and finished last season with 38 saves, a 2.22 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP. He also struck out 86 batters while walking 36, pitching 69 innings in as many appearances for the Dodgers. Despite his age, the 34-year-old will still give the Braves a capable closer.

Photographer: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswir

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