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Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Key Players

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are having a busy and expensive off-season

On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed key members of their team. Closer Kenley Jansen received a five-year, $80 million deal, while third baseman Justin Turner got a four-year, $64 million deal.

Jansen’s 2016 campaign solidified his position as one of the top closers in the game. He notched a career-best 47 saves in 53 chances to go along with his 0.67 WHIP. In 2016, Jansen appeared in 71 games and worked 68.2 innings, which was the second most in his career. The 6-foot, 5-inch tall Jansen struck out 104 batters in 2016 compared to just eleven walks and four home runs.

Perhaps the majority of his value came in the postseason when he proved he could work multiple innings. In five of Jansen’s seven postseason appearances in 2016, he worked more than one inning. Jansen did not allow a run in any of those games.

As relievers become more flexible, it is important to have a closer like Jansen who can work multiple innings and still be effective. The Dodgers recognized that, and locked up Jansen for the next five seasons. In doing that, they made Jansen the second highest paid reliever in the game behind only Aroldis Chapman.

Also getting a big payday from the Dodgers on Monday was third baseman Justin Turner. Turner easily had the best season of his career in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, and drove in 90 runs. The 6-foot tall Turner also turned in a 5.0 WAR in 2016, which was the highest of his career. His 79 runs scored, 153 hits, 34 doubles, 3 triples, and 48 walks were all career bests for Turner in 2016.

The last three seasons have saved Turner’s career. Before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, Turner had not hit more than four home runs in a season or recorded a WAR higher than 0.9. By re-signing Turner, the Dodgers have put faith in him for the next five years.

Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner join Rich Hill as players who have re-signed with the Dodgers this off-season. Earlier this month, the Dodgers announced that they had re-signed starting pitcher Rich Hill to a three-year deal worth $48 million. Hill was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline last season. He made 20 total starts between the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. In those starts, Hill amassed a 12-5 record with a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts. Rich missed some time during the season with blisters on his pitching hand. Regardless of injuries, Hill still turned in the best season of his career as a starting pitcher.

Hill’s three-year deal will take him close to age 40. The Dodgers have never been a team to be tight with their money, and this off-season has proven that. By re-signing these three players, the Dodgers have locked up $192 million. These deals will also push them over the luxury tax threshold for the 2017 season.

By locking up these key elements of their team, the Dodgers have insured that they have the foundation of their team intact moving forward. Expect to see the Dodgers back in the playoffs in 2017, but it will come at a hefty price.