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Dodgers sign Kenley Jansen for 2016, avoid salary arbitration

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers were able to close the deal with their closer, signing Kenley Jansen to a one-year deal for 2016, avoiding salary arbitration, the club announced on Friday.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times was first to report the deal, which is worth $10.65 million, per Jon Heyman. Last week I guessed a salary of $11.1 million in 2016, while MLB Trade Rumors projected a salary of $11.4 million.

Jansen was the final reported signing among the six Dodgers who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday, meaning they will go another year without an arbitration hearing. Their last hearing was in 2007, when the club defeated relief pitcher Joe Beimel.

Jansen has five years, 73 days of major league service time, and will qualify for free agency after the 2016 season.

The 28-year-old closer has a 2.28 career ERA and 2.02 FIP in parts of six major league seasons with the Dodgers, with 528 strikeouts and 108 walks in 340 innings. His 142 career saves ranks second on the Dodgers all-time list, 19 behind Eric Gagne for the franchise lead.

In 2015, Jansen had a 2.41 ERA, a 2.14 FIP to go with his 80 strikeouts and only eight walks in 52⅓ innings. He saved 36 games in 38 attempts. He made $7.425 million in 2015.

With Jansen, the Dodgers have $198.03 million in salaries committed to 23 players in 2016.