A year ago, as the
Jansen became the best closer on the market just before midnight on Thursday, after
The odds of retaining him did not appear to favor the Dodgers. Miami already had extended Jansen a five-year, $80-million offer, according to a Yahoo Sports report. In the early hours of Thursday morning, representatives for Jansen reconnected in talks with the
Washington may pose a greater threat than Miami. The
The Nationals tend to be hesitant on the free-agent market, often finishing second in the bidding. The Nationals were considered the runners-up for
The Dodgers also can contend for a championship. The group finished two wins away from the Fall Classic in 2016, even after letting Greinke leave, and losing Clayton Kershaw for six weeks with a back injury. Jansen played a significant role in that process, acting as the foundation of one of baseball's best bullpens.
But the front office of
The Dodgers have engaged in trade talks with the
Robertson struggled with his command in 2016, and saw his strikeout rate decline while his walk rate rose. The White Sox owe him $25 million through 2018, making him a more-affordable, less-dominant option for the Dodgers.
The free-agent market also is flooded with pitchers like Robertson, a sizable group of talented but flawed assets. The Dodgers have had talks with former
After him, there are myriad options, from
The past season displayed the availability of elite relievers before the in-season trade deadline. Both participants in the World Series partook in this endeavor. The Cubs acquired Chapman. The Indians dealt for
With the Dodgers looking to trim payroll, team officials have staged an internal debate over the merits of splurging on Jansen or third baseman
On Thursday morning, a mass exodus of baseball executives occurred at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The logistical difficulties of travel made it sound like Jansen would not make a decision until Friday. But the Dodgers departed the Winter Meetings understanding the stakes of the situation.