The Dodgers are fresh off their fourth straight NL West title and two integral pieces could be returning, despite their status as free agents. Third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen are expected to cost a ton in free agency, but the Dodgers have plenty of financial resources. To wit, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise:
Rosenthal has further reported now that there is an agreement with Jansen on a five-year, $80 million deal. That is the second-largest free agent deal ever for a reliever, behind Aroldis Chapman’s five-year, $86 million pact with the Yankees.
Turner, 32, hit .275/.339/.493 with 34 doubles, 27 home runs and 90 RBI last season. Without Turner, the Dodgers don’t really have a viable replacement at third and there aren’t any other good options in free agency. So if the Dodgers didn’t agree with him, they would have to set out to make a trade, in all likelihood.