The Boston Red Sox are not done retooling their roster with just over a week until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Multiple reports have indicated that one of the Red Sox’s most accomplished players and lone All-Star from a year ago is being shopped around. Those discussions reportedly are ongoing.
“The Red Sox are talking to teams about Kenley Jansen and there are several teams involved right now,” the New York Post’s Jon Heyman said on a Bleacher Report livestream Tuesday afternoon.
Jansen posted a 3.63 ERA with a 52-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .237 batting average against and a 1.28 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings in his debut season in Boston. Most notably, he went 29-for-33 in save opportunities.
The 36-year-old veteran is owed $16 million this season, the final year of his deal with the Red Sox. For that reason, he’s the most logical trade candidate. Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow seemingly agrees.
Heyman noted last week, as have others, that the Los Angeles Dodgers would be a likely landing spot for Jansen. That would be ideal given their rich farm system that is full of pitching prospects. The Dodgers have 13 pitchers in their top 30 according to MLB Pipeline, 11 of which fall outside the top 100 range.
If the Red Sox are going to move Jansen, there better be a bigger move coming. The motive for the trade would center around shaving payroll, which ideally would open up the door for a player such as left-hander Jordan Montgomery to sign with the Red Sox.