Red Sox Land All-Star Closer Kenley Jansen

Hallelujah!!! The Red Sox have finally made a move, alert the masses!!

That’s right folks. Not only did Boston make a splash, but the added a legitimate piece to the bullpen. Kenley Jansen is a three time All-Star that brings some star power to Beantown’s pitching.

Boston had one of the worst bullpens in baseball last season. Improving upon on that unit was a necessity this Winter. Jansen is exactly what the doctor ordered. This move completely solidifies the back end of the Sox’s bullpen. Boston now has a real closer for the first time since Craig Kimbrel.

The 35 year old closer has a career 2.46 ERA with 391 saves and 1,107 strikeouts. After spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jansen joined the Atlanta Braves in 2022.

It is worth noting that Jansen did have the second worst ERA of his career in 2022 (3.38). However, Jansen did lead the National League in saves last season with 41, which marked the fourth time in his career he’s had 41 or more saves in a season.

Adding the 2020 World Series Champion to the Red Sox is a step in the right direction for GM Chaim Bloom. Chaim has been hesitant to make moves and spend money, and has mostly sat on his hands this offseason. Jansen is the first big move he’s made, and it hopefully won’t be the last.

Adding a legitimate closer is a big step towards getting back into contention.

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