Closer Kenley Jansen will be one of the top free agents on the market and is one of the elite closers available to teams that are looking to bolster the back end of the bullpen.

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Giants Showing Interest in Jansen

Thursday, Nov. 10

The San Francisco Giants have met with representatives for Jansen, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. 

Jansen, 29, was superb for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, finishing 3-2 in 71 appearances with a 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 104 strikeouts and 47 saves in 53 save opportunities.

Jansen has established himself as one of the best closers in baseball with at least 25 saves in five straight seasons, 127 saves in the past three years alone and at least 80 strikeouts in six straight years.

For that reason, the Dodgers are still interested in retaining Jansen and are talking to his agent, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers have also met with the representatives of Justin Turner and Rich Hill, as the team looks to avoid losing a crucial trio of players from the 2016 roster on the free-agent market.

Certainly, losing any of them to a divisional rival like the Giants would sting. Especially Jansen, who would be a dramatic upgrade over Santiago Casilla (3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 31 saves in 40 opportunities).

Closer is clearly a priority for the Giants this offseason. Per Morosi, the team also reportedly reached out to representatives for closer Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, so the Giants have identified a major area of need.


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