Cubs one of six teams reportedly in on free agent closer Kenley Jansen
According to a report Monday morning from Jim Bowden, the Cubs are one of the six teams that are in on free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Cubs, Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Dodgers and Yankees are the teams, according to Bowden, that are showing the most interest in Jansen.
Updated 11:52am CST – According to Buster Olney, the Giants have agreed to terms on a contract with Mark Melancon pending a physical.
The Marlins are pursuing the big three free agent closers and are determined to sign one of Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon.
Chapman and Melancon are not attached to draft pick compensation due to in-season trades. Jansen turned down the Dodgers’ qualifying offer and will cost his new team their first available draft pick.
A report Sunday from Ken Rosenthal indicated the Marlins are willing to go five years and $80 million for Jansen, plus surrender the 14th overall pick in the draft.
Jayson Stark reported the Marlins are “considering all options” but Jansen “still appears to be their top choice because of his ties to Don Mattingly.” Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria “loves Chapman” according to Jon Heyman and there are many in the Marlins management that are fans of Jansen.
The Cubs are looking for help in the pitching department and would like to add starters and relievers to the big league roster as well as the upper levels of the minor league system.