NL West team attempting to pry away Braves free agent closer

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The Braves have made it known the club has an interest in Kenley Jansen returning¬†to Atlanta to assume closing duties. Still, there will be no shortage of suitors for the veteran free agent, and an NL West team is doing its best to pry him away from the Braves. But it’s not the Dodgers. Jon Morosi reported the Giants are interested in Jansen, and now David Vassegh is saying the two sides are discussing a two-year contract.

The long-time Dodgers closer was as reliable as ever when it truly mattered and once again led the league in saves. Atlanta would love to have him back. Having a three-headed monster of AJ Minter, Raisel Iglesias, and Jansen is as menacing as any bullpen in baseball.

Still, the Braves aren’t going to overpay for Jansen’s services. It seems there’s a lot of desire from other clubs, which drives the price up. If the 35-year-old is looking for a multi-year deal, which Vassegh is reporting, there’s little chance the Braves will give it to him. Iglesias is more than capable of closing games, and with a glaring hole at shortstop, the team doesn’t have the luxury of spending extra money on Jansen.

The MLB implementing the pitch clock could also negatively affect Jansen, so there are a ton of things to consider when talking about a potential free agent deal for the Dodgers all-time saves leader. It would be ironic if he returned west to California only to sign with San Francisco.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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