Kenley Jansen, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Los Angeles Dodgers
Date of Birth: 9/30/1987
Birthplace: Willemstad, Curacao
Current Salary: $10,800,000
Kenley Jansen, relief pitcher/closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was signed by the Dodgers at the age of 16 in 2004. He played in the Dodgers' minor league system in 2009 and 2010.
Jansen joined the Dodgers for 25 games in 2010. He had a 0.67 ERA in 27.0 innings. The following season, he pitched 53.2 innings in 51 games and he had five saves and a 2.85 ERA.
Jansen became the Dodgers' closer in May, 2012. He finished the 2012 season with 25 saves and a 2.35 ERA in 65.0 innings in 65 games. The following season, he split his time between being the Dodgers' closer and their setup man. He finished the 2013 season with career highs in games played (75), innings pitched (76.2), and strikeouts (111 to 18 walks). He had 28 saves and a 1.88 ERA.
In February, 2014, Jansen signed a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Dodgers. As the team's closer in 2014, he had 44 saves and a 2.76 ERA in 65.1 innings in 68 games.
Jansen had foot surgery in February, 2015, and he was on the DL until May. As the Dodgers' closer in 54 games, he had 36 saves and a 2.41 ERA in 52.1 innings. He pitched 3.1 innings in 3 postseason games and he gave up 1 hit and 3 walks.
Jansen had another strong season in 2016, finishing with a 1.83 ERA in 71 games. He had a career high 47 saves and 104 strikeouts to just 11 walks in 68.2 innings. In the postseason, he gave up 5 hits and 4 runs and he had a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings in 7 games.
Jansen won the Trevor Hoffman award as the NL reliever of the year in 2016.
Jansen became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Dodgers on January 10, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Jansen through 2016 include:
- 409 games played
- 408.2 innings pitched
- 19-13 win-loss record
- 189 saves
- 632 strikeouts to 119 walks
- 2.20 ERA