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Kenley Jansen signs one-year contract with Braves

Kenley Jansen warming up

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ blockbuster addition of Freddie Freeman has had the side effect of costing them one of their longtime stars.

The Atlanta Braves announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with free agent Kenley Jansen. The deal is for one year and $16 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Jansen had not been talked about much in free agency, so this comes out of nowhere. The Dodgers’ expensive addition of Freeman likely accelerated things, as it might have ruled them out of contention to bring Jansen back. Doing so would have pushed them into the luxury tax with ease.

The Braves, meanwhile, get some measure of revenge for the loss of Freeman by pilfering a Dodgers star of their own. The 34-year-old close posted a 2.22 ERA and 38 saves in 2021.

Photo: Oct 16, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) walks across the field during batting practice before game one of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


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