Kenley Jansen remains among the Los Angeles Dodgers who are still free agents, which is somewhat surprising given his resurgent 2021 season.
Prior to the start of the MLB lockout, Jansen reportedly expressed interest from the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. However, it is not clear whether the Phillies will be able to sue Jansen once a new collective agreement is in place, as they have signed Corey Knebel on a one-year contract.
The Dodgers are also said to be interested in re-signing Jansen, but perhaps only as part of a deal favorable to the team.
While Jansen and other players await a new CBA that will allow free agency and other MLB activities to resume, his offseason has now included playing guitar on stage for a holiday show with a musical group. from Curaçao.
Jansen’s interest in music has already been documented on SportsNet LA’s “Backstage: Dodgers” in which he explained in detail how to play the piano. The Dodgers’ all-time saves leader has started using it as a way to escape the daily pressure of being closer.
Jansen emphasizes mental health
While Jansen is on trial for his results on the pitch, he believes it has to do with being in a mentally healthy place.
After bouncing back from a rough patch earlier this year, Jansen revealed he’s been in therapy and stressed that maintaining strong mental toughness is just as essential as mechanics.
The 34-year-old finished the season 4-4 with 38 saves, a 2.22 ERA, 3.08 FIP and 1.04 WHIP in his 12th season with the Dodgers. Jansen was named to the All-MLB second team.
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