Dodgers Reportedly Close to Re-Signing Both Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner (UPDATES: Both Likely Done)

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Dodgers Reportedly Close to Re-Signing Both Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner (UPDATES: Both Likely Done)

Chicago Cubs

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to have made keeping the band together the mantra of their offseason. After re-signing lefty Rich Hill to a three-year deal, it’s looked like the priority for the Dodgers has been to re-sign third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen.

And, according to Ken Rosenthal, they’re close to doing it:

Huge deals for those two players would keep the Dodgers comfortably in the luxury tax penalty for the foreseeable future, but they apparently aren’t concerned with the financial and potential draft-related repercussions.

The Cubs haven’t been connected to Jansen in a while, and, even when they were, it was considered a long shot that they’d want to book a huge long-term contract for a closer right now. Instead, the Cubs traded for Wade Davis, and kept things short-term.

There are obviously competitiveness implications here for the signing, though – more competitive NL teams means a tougher road to a Wild Card spot if the NL Central proves to be surprisingly difficult this year for the Cubs. And, of course, if the Dodgers and Cubs meet again in the postseason … well, the Cubs will just be better again, I guess. (I kid. Mostly.)

There’s also a small draft consideration here: with the Dodgers retaining two qualified free agents, the Cubs’ first round draft spot wouldn’t bump up two more places. Hamburgers. (But their compensatory pick spot for Dexter Fowler also wouldn’t bump back two places, so it’s not all bad. It’s also not really a huge deal either way, but, hey, downstream impacts are downstream impacts.)

We’ll keep tabs on this one to see if either deal is actually completed today.

UPDATE: There’s the Jansen deal:

The Yankees signed Aroldis Chapman for five years and $86 million, and, with Jansen attached to draft pick compensation, it makes sense that he would come in just shy of Chapman. We’ll see if he gets the many other attractive terms – no trade rights, opt out – that Chapman got.

UPDATE 2: Everyone seems to believe Turner is done, too:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.