One of the Boston Red Sox‘s best pitchers could find himself playing elsewhere when the 2024 season rolls around.
Boston is looking to cut salary and has been in plenty of rumors lately. It’s unclear exactly what will happen, but the Red Sox have informed clubs that All-Star closer Kenley Jansen is available in possible trade talks, according to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale.
“The Boston Red Sox are telling teams that All-Star closer Kenley Jansen, who’s scheduled to earn $16 million, is available,” Nightengale said. “They also are open to listening on offers for outfielder Masataka Yoshida, who has four years and $72 million remaining on his contract.”
Jansen has been mentioned in trade rumors on numerous occasions over the last week and it isn’t hard to see why. He was impressive last season with Boston and earned his fourth All-Star nod, but he is 36 years old and will be paid $16 million in 2024.
If the Red Sox were to trade him away, they not only would save money they could spend elsewhere, but they also could move Chris Martin or Tanner Houck into the closer role.
It’s still too early to tell if a move will happen because this offseason has been significantly slower than others.
There hasn’t been as much movement this offseason and multiple stars remain in free agency. While this is the case, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a club that misses out on fellow star closer Josh Hader pivot and deal for Jansen.