Kenley Jansen is one of the most intriguing relief pitching options on the free-agent market.
At 33 years old, Jansen was 4-4 with 38 saves for the Dodgers in 2021. He recorded 86 strikeouts in 69 innings, including 14 strikeouts in the postseason. He had a 31.2 called strike percentage.
Jansen relies on a cutter, sinker, and slider. Considering his career numbers, Jansen is definitely effective with those pitches. Even with 11 years of service under his belt, it would be interesting to see how working with Molina and pitching coach Mike Maddux could make him a more pitch-to-contact thrower in his later years in the majors. Jansen’s pitch arsenal indicates he could generate pitch-to-contact throws, but he is so effective at leaving runners on base too.
Robert Murray wrote the Cardinals are linked to Jansen this offseason.
As Jansen will enter his age-34 season in 2022, it’s not likely he will receive a huge contract. Look for the Cardinals to make an offer at this potentially two to three-year, lower-cost option.