Braves make a key addition to the Night Shift bullpen, returning to the Dodgers

The Atlanta Braves signed Kenley Jansen to a one-year, $16 million deal Friday night.

While the Dodgers get their first warrior, the longtime Braves, Freddie FreemanThe Braves flipped the script and signed longtime Dodger relief, Kenley Jansen.

Jansen was signed to a one-year, $16 million contract. To make room for Jansen on the 40-man roster, the Braves included pitcher Jay Jackson on the 60-day list with a right muscle strain injury.

In 69 games against the Dodgers in 2021, Jansen has 38 saves in 69 innings. He dropped 17 earned runs and has an ERA of 2.22. He’s made 350 saves in 12 major league seasons. Since 2010, when Jansen debuted with the Dodgers, only former Brave Craig Kimbrel has had more with 372.

Jansen isn’t the close-knit guy he used to be, but he’s still productive.

Braves Add Kenley Jansen to ‘Night Shift’ Praise

Jansen joined a bull farm that included Will Smith, Collin McHugh, AJ Minter, Tyler Matzek and Luke Jackson. Jansen certainly adds a veteran arm in the pen that the Braves need. The Braves should definitely be looking for some more veteran arms for their pen in the coming weeks.

The club will no doubt be looking for starters as well as they have Charlie Morton, Max Fried, Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa. Touki Toussaint, Tyler Thornburg, and Jacob Webb may be called upon to help spin or bullpen.

With the addition of Matt Olson to replace Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. could return at the start of the season, the Braves seem ready with their roster and defence, but pitching is essential and will need to repeat as World Series champions in 2022 .

The Braves still have a couple of weeks before opening day to add some promotional depth. Brave GM Alex Anthopoulos seems passionate about reloading to defend the championship. They will have an interesting few weeks ahead. Braves make a key addition to the Night Shift bullpen, returning to the Dodgers

John Verrall

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