The Yankees have made offers to both Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman, and it would be surprising if the deals weren’t couched in this way: The first closer who says yes to an offer will pitch for the Yankees, with the Marlins appearing the be the most likely alternative destination.
The Dodgers have been involved in the closer market as well, but with Rich Hill under contract for $48 million, and with L.A. pursuing third baseman Justin Turner, the cost of a closer would seemingly push them way over the luxury tax threshold, an expensive proposition. Their payroll projection already is at about $204 million, according to Baseball Reference, and if L.A. signed Turner and Jansen, it would be in the neighborhood of $240 millon, in all likelihood.
A lot of folks in the baseball world seem to know this about Turner: He loves playing for the Dodgers. A perfect outcome for his free agency, it would seem, would be if Turner could work out a long-term deal with L.A. and keep his stuff in the same locker at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers want Turner back, as well.
Turner hasn’t re-signed, and the two sides are exploring other avenues. If the Dodgers don’t re-sign Turner, Andy McCullough writes about some of the alternatives. Turner has been one of the Dodgers’ best hitters -– and the very best right-handed hitter, which is important for a team that is very left-handed –- and L.A. would love him back, in part, because of his clubhouse leadership.
The two sides still have to agree on what all of that is worth, however.