April 22, 2021

Dodgers: 3 Options to Replace Kenley Jansen as LA’s Closer (Dodgers Nation)



Well, that didn’t take long. Just 4 days after notching his first save of the year and talking about how confident he was feeling, we’re right back to the old routine. The blown save against the Athletics may be his first of the season, but it marks Kenley’s 11th in his last 92 appearances. To compare, it took 3 full seasons and 205 appearances between 2016 and 2018 for him to blow the same number of save opportunities.

After Wednesday’s loss, Dave Roberts called the outing “uncharacteristic,” but this trend is nothing new. It has been understandably frustrating to watch as a fan when there are so many alternatives already within the Dodgers bullpen.

Let’s take a look at a few in-house options to replace Kenley, should he continue to show signs of decline.

3. Tony Gonsolin

Gonsolin being on the IL keeps him from being higher on this list, but he could very well step into the role once he returns. After not making the starting rotation, there isn’t really a defined role for Gonsolin this year. He’s sure to get his spot starts here and there, but his talent is too good to waste in the middle innings.

2. Victor González

We all saw how dominant…

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