The Miami Marlins are looking to beef up their bullpen with closer Kenley Jansen, according to a report by MLB.com.
Jansen is one of the top free agents on the market and could demand a contract exceeding $100 million. Jansen figures to have many suitors besides the Marlins and a bidding war may take place. With budget restraints, it remains seen if Miami can make a competitive offer.
One factor potentially working in Miami's favor with Jansen, is the fact he played under manager Don Mattingly in Los Angeles. Mattingly was the skipper of the Dodgers when Jansen came onto the scene with his dominating arsenal.
The Marlins have glaring holes in their starting rotation, but also need to work on the bullpen. Jansen could solve both problems in a way. With Jansen, Miami would have one of the best back-ends in the National League and the team could also move David Phelps into the rotation. Phelps did well in 2016 in a swing-man role and could prove to be more of an asset as a starter all season long.
Should Miami fail to land Jansen, A.J. Ramos would appear to be the team's closer once again in 2017. Ramos performed well last season, but would undoubtedly move into a set-up role if the Marlins signed Jansen. Ramos has shown an ability in his career to succeed in the eighth inning as well as the ninth frame.
In addition to Jansen, the Marlins could seek the services of Aroldis Chapman. The closer recently was a member of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs and also spent time with the New York Yankees. Chapman could demand an even higher salary than Jansen on the open market.
With the Hot Stove season just getting started, Miami should remain busy in the coming weeks and months.