The Dodgers and free-agent closer Kenley Jansen have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, according to multiple reports on MLB Trade Rumors.
Jansen, Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melnancon were reportedly also being pursued as free agents by the Nationals and Marlins, who are looking to acquire a closer this off season.
Earlier this offseason, as well as subsequent points thereafter, Mets GM Sandy Alderson stated rather clearly that he would not be in the market for Jansen, Chapman or Melancon, a) because of the cost, and b) because each player would likely prefer to be a closer and not a set-up man to Jeurys Familia.
In the wake of losing out on the upper-end of the free agents, I'm sure the Nationals and Marlins will turn to the White Sox and try to trade for closer David Robertson. Or, perhaps negotiate with free-agent Greg Holland, who you can read more about from earlier today.
The Mets may also have interest in Robertson, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig. They are reportedly open to dealing top prospects not named Amed Rosario, so they should be able to compete with other interested teams. Also, as I mentioned the other day, in the event Chicago is unable to deal Robertson for the type of meaningful prospect they want, the Mets could always offer Jay Bruce.
Sep 6, 2016; Robertson (30) reacts after delivering a final out against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won 2-0. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sure, it's a salary wash for both teams in 2017, but then Bruce is gone after next season. Or, maybe they trade him next summer and get the prospects they're not being offered for Robertson now. He gives them options, plus gets the Mets a battle-tested, former closer, with experience pitching in New York as a setup guy in big games.
I'm sure Sandy Alderson doesn't want a 32-year-old, often-injured relief pitcher (Robertson) making $13 million on his roster in 2018. But, there are worse problems to have, since Robertson, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia would be a powerful back of the bullpen in 2017.
Robertson, 31, will earn $12 million in 2017, $13 million in 2018, and then be a free agent.
He had a 3.47 ERA (3.58 FIP) and 37 saves for the White Sox last season, while striking out 75 batters in 64 innings.
In September, Robertson had arthroscopic surgery to clean up a meniscus issue in his left knee. However, the White Sox have repeatedly said he'll be 100 percent for the start of spring training.