It’s probably going to be hard to top Monday for any single day more memorable in this offseason for the Dodgers, so let’s continue to reflect on the news of Kenley Jansen agreeing to terms on a five-year deal, with Justin Turner closing in on a four-year contract as well.
While we wait for both contracts — each at a reported $16 million per season — to be finalized, here is some reaction from around baseball to the Dodgers’ big Monday.
- The Dodgers with their exorbitant payroll are good now, but with the investment in amateur talent and player development starting to build a pipeline of talent, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports thinks the Dodgers in a few years will be downright scary.
- Jay Jaffe at Sports Illustrated wrote that the Dodgers kept their World Series window open while taking on tremendous cost, in cash.
- We talked yesterday about the easing in of the new competitive balance tax penalties in 2017, and Bill Shaikin of the LA Times explains that approach a bit further.
- The Dodgers spent big to bring back the trio of Jansen, Turner and Rich Hill, but also got two of the best bargains of the offseason in Turner and Hill, opined Dave Cameron at FanGraphs.
- By re-signing Jansen, Turner and Hill, the Dodgers went 3 for 3 in their top offseason priorities, wrote Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
- There was no true replacement for Jansen, which is why the Dodgers never really had any choice but to retain him, wrote Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.
- Even though five years and $16 million per year for a relief pitcher might seem crazy, it feels right with Jansen, wrote Tommy Stokke at Fan Rag Sports.
- Jeff Sullivan at FanGraps, in a way that only Sullivan can, described Jansen’s incredibly simple yet dominant approach to pitching.
- Monday were steps the Dodgers had to take, wrote Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, who also noted the team isn’t yet done building.
- Jansen benefited in this market from the emphasis on relief pitching in the 2016 postseason, wrote Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, who also reported that Jansen can opt out of his contract after 2019.
- Rosenthal also reported that while Jansen didn’t receive a no-trade clause — the Dodgers don’t give them out, as a policy — the reliever would receive an assignment bonus if traded during the contract.
- With Turner’s market never fully developing, his return to the Dodgers was the most obvious of moves, wrote Dustin Nosler of Dodgers Digest.
- With second base still on the winter docket for the Dodgers, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com mentioned Brian Dozier of the Twins as a trade option or Chase Utley as a free agent choice.
- Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports tweeted on Monday that even with the $144 million in expenditures for Jansen and Turner that there was no indication the Dodgers were out on Dozier.