The Boston Red Sox are looking to avert their recent revolving door shut, as they reportedly agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with Kenley Jansen on Wednesday.
The Red Sox ranks mid-pack (18 bronze) in saves last season with 39 saves, but those saves came from nine different jars. No hurdler on the team has achieved double the number of saves, with John Schreiber, Tanner Houck and Matt Barnes taking the lead with eight each.
Barnes made 24 saves in his 2021 All-Star season and was expected to be the first player to get any closer to the 2022 campaign, but he missed time with a shoulder injury and had to struggled in parts of the season while on the pitch. Houck, 26, showed promise with 3.15 ERAs and 1.18 WHIPs in 60 innings last season but hurt the team with his decision not to get a COVID-19 vaccine, leaving him ineligible to play Road game with Toronto Blue Jays.
It may be no coincidence that in each of Boston’s World Series championships this millennium, they’ve gotten a lot closer to the back of their stables.
In 2004, the team had excellent stopper Keith Foulke and in 2007 they had All-Star Jonathan Papelbon. In the 2013 “Boston Strong” campaign, the Red Sox were closer to being Koji Uehara – who came seventh in that year’s AL Cy Young vote and won the ALCS MVP – and in 2018 they had the former Rookie of the Year. NL Craig Kimbrel.
Boston quarterback/midfielder Enrique Hernandez expressed excitement about the Jansen news on Twitter Wednesday morning. Hernandez and Jansen — three-time All-Star champions — were teammates with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2015 to 2020.