Press release: Braves sign Kenley Jansen

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves announced today that the organization has signed RHP Kenley Jansen to a one-year contract worth $16 million. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club placed RHP Jay Jackson on the 60-day injured list with a right lateral strain.

Jansen, 34, finished with 38 saves and 2.22 ERA (17 ER/69.0 IP) in 69 games last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound native of Willemstad, Curacao ranked second in the National League with 38 saves, behind San Diego’s Mark Melancon.

Jansen is a three-time All-Star, going to the game in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has 350 career saves over 12 major league seasons, and since his first season in 2010, only Craig Kimbrel (372) has more saves than the right-handed.

Jansen played in 57 playoff games, compiling a 2.13 ERA (15 ER/63.1 IP) with 19 playoff saves. He played in eight playoff games last season, including five in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, and didn’t allow a run while striking out 14.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dodgers in 2004, Jansen played his 12 major league seasons with Los Angeles. Over 701 career games, all in relief, Jansen boasts a 2.37 career ERA (186 ER / 705.0 IP) with 1,022 strikeouts.

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