With Rich Hill and Kenley Jansen having re-signed, Dodgers are putting the band back together
If there was a montage of the Dodgers offseason, it would likely be set to Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," because, guess what, the boys are back in town. After a successful 2016 season -- winning the division for the fourth straight season and coming within two games of a World Series berth -- it makes sense to just reunite and go again.
Get ready for Dodgers II, Electric Boogaloo.
It started when the team re-signed Rich Hill , the 36-year-old pitcher with the curveball of the gods.
While he has less of a track record than most pitchers his age due to an extensive injury history, since he returned to the Majors in 2015, he has a 2.00 ERA and 10.7 K/9. While he's thrown fewer innings, Clayton Kershaw's stats over that time: 1.96 and 11.2. Not bad to lead the rotation with that.
With the rotation looking strong, the Dodgers made sure to shore up the back end of their bullpen by bringing back Kenley Jansen on a five-year, $80 millon deal. Not a bad wedding present for the closer. It certainly makes sense. Not only do the Dodgers have a need in their bullpen, but since Jansen took over the closing duties in 2012, he has a 2.22 ERA and his 11.4 fWAR is second-best among relievers behind only Aroldis Chapman.
Of course, it's more fun to just look at his quite simply unhittable cutter. Woe be to the NL West batters that must face off against that beauty.
The Dodgers are reportedly close to also re-signing the gloriously red-haired/Animal-lookalike Justin Turner. Not only will it close the hole back up at third base, but it will return the team's leading home run hitter from last season.
The boys are back in town, indeed.