MLB Rumors: Giants Linked To Former All-Star Closer

The San Francisco Giants bullpen took a big step back in 2022 compared to the previous season. They didn't invest in it coming into the year, hoping there would be many repeat performances, and of course that's often not the case with relievers. For the Giants, they simply got what they paid for with a disappointing bullpen in '22. 

Word from MLB Insider Jon Morosi is that they may be looking to rectify that for 2023.

Morosi says the Giants are showing interest in a two-time NL saves leader, free agent Kenley Jansen. Manager Gabe Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi are familiar with Jansen from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen was the Dodgers closer for ten straight seasons before moving on to the Atlanta Braves last year. 

Naturally, the Giants bringing in a longtime Dodger might not go over well with fans in The Bay Area, but Jansen's credentials are worth considering. 

Jansen is a 3-time All-Star and four times has saved more than 40 games. He notched an NL-leading 41 this past season with the Braves. Camilo Doval led San Francisco with 27 this year. 

The now-35-year-old Jansen signed a one-year, $16M contract with the Braves last season, and the Giants are taking a strong look at him this time around.

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