Which leaves reliever
This is Jansen's first go-around with arbitration, and the Dodgers weren't exactly generous with the $3.5 million they filed. Jansen asked for $5.05 million.
His situation is slightly complicated because he’s never been the team’s closer for a full season. Still, he now has 62 saves and a 2.10 ERA in his three years of service time.
Jansen, however, claims he's not at all concerned that he's the Dodgers' last open arbitration case.
"I leave all that to my agent," Jansen said. "I know what my No. 1 goal is, and that's to get ready for the season."
Jansen said he was staying out of direct negotiations and was focusing on preparing for the season. Unlike last winter, this time he is not coming off heart surgery and knows he will enter 2014 as the closer.
"This off-season is going better, because last year I couldn't do anything because I was coming off the surgery," he said.
Jansen said he was excited about the bullpen the Dodgers will have. Three former closers –- Brian Wilson,
"I have three former All-Star closers in the bullpen behind me," he said. "It's going to be awesome. It's going to be lights out. We have a really deep bullpen.
"I have a lot of great respect for them. They've been doing it a lot longer than me. Hopefully I can learn from them."