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Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen Discusses Early Struggles

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Sure, the 2018 MLB season has just started, but there is concern about the early struggles of Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen after his blown save in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Arizona’s Chris Owings hit a three-run homer off Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, which led to the D-backs picking up two runs in 15th to capture the victory.

“We’re down to barely nothing,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, “and these guys found a way to win the game. It’s a special night.”

Jansen blew one save in 42 opportunities last season, en route to his 2nd consecutive Trevor Hoffman NL reliever of the year award but he has struggled this season with a blown save and a loss.

“I definitely know I’m fighting with some stuff,” Jansen said (h/t ESPN).

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts says that Jansen is healthy despite the struggles and the drop in his velocity.

“I know that he’s got pinpoint command, doesn’t walk guys,” Roberts said. “And I know there were some close calls tonight that didn’t go his way. But regardless, Kenley still has the ability to throw strikes when he needs to. Just the pitch to Owings, it was a cutter that was down and in his nitro zone.”

“No, it’s not mechanic,” Jansen said. “He just got me. Who cares? Who cares? It’s one game.”

“Listen, those guys have bats,” Jansen said. “They compete, too. Nobody wants to get beat. Nobody wants to blow saves. Nobody wants to lose games, but the situation of the game, it happens. What can I do? I’ve just got to bounce back tomorrow and help the Dodgers win.”

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Dodgers Met with Bryce Harper, Yankees Likely to Follow

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly held a sit-down meeting with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, with a delegation led by minority-owner Magic Johnson who all traveled to Harper’s home town of Las Vegas, according to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown and Jeff Passan.

The Dodgers had previously tried to acquire Harper, when the Nationals waived him around the waiver deadline last season.

Additionally, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies are both expected to meet with Harper face-to-face in the near future, per the report.

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Dodgers Release Erik Goeddel, Zac Rosscup

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have released veteran right hander Erik Goeddel along with left handed pitcher Zac Rosscup, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Goeddel and Rosscup were both designated for assignment earlier this week as Los Angeles was working out their 40 man roster ahead of the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.

The 30-year old Goeddel pitched to the tune of a 2.95 ERA this season, splitting time between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, but he struggled with control as he walked 20 batters, threw 3 wild pitches, and hit a batter over 36 2.3 innings played.

Rosscup was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies organization in July of last season and pitched 11 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.

 

 

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Dodgers Offered Yasiel Puig to Nationals for Bryce Harper

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly been interested in acquiring Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, and attempted to land him via trade last season before Washington ultimately decided to keep him for the remainder of the year.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers offered Yasiel Puig as part of a potential deal to land Harper from Washington, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to pry the outfield slugger from the Nationals.

Washington had placed Harper on waivers but pulled him off when the Dodgers claimed him.

While the deal didn’t come to fruition, it’s fun to imagine what the Dodgers could have done with Harper in their lineup, and to wonder if it would have changed the outcome of the World Series, which they lost to the Boston Red Sox.

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