The Dodgers are closing in on a deal to re-sign closer Kenley Jansen, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, which would leave the Marlins without one of the top three closers on the market.
The Marlins reportedly offered Aroldis Chapman a deal worth more than the one he signed with the Yankees, but from the outset, it seemed Jansen was Miami’s target.
Jansen pitched under Don Mattingly in Los Angeles, and while the Marlins still have interest in upgrading the back-end of their bullpen, it appears the club wasn’t open to parting with a first round draft pick in order to sign Jansen.
Miami arrived at the Winter Meetings wanting to build a “super bullpen” of sorts, and while it seems signing Jansen is no longer in option, doing so is still a possibility. Now that Jansen is off the board, the Marlins will likely focus on Neftali Feliz, Brad Ziegler and other free agent relievers who have closing experience.