Scott Kazmir

Dodgers pondering choice for closer: Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman

Dodgers pondering choice for closer: Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman

During the coming winter, Kenley Jansen will compete with Aroldis Chapman in a contest to sign the most expensive contract in baseball history for a relief pitcher.

The Dodgers are expected to act as an accelerant in the bidding, plunging into negotiations with both pitchers while competing with other big-market teams such as the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

The internal calculus for the Dodgers is complex, a process complicated by the team’s familiarity with Jansen, the checkered off-field history of Chapman and the lure of adding a first-round draft pick.

During a conversation at baseball’s general managers meetings here,...

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