Hot Stove Digest: Marlins looking to sign closer Kenley Jansen, build 'super bullpen'

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SUPER BULLPEN: With starting pitching options limited this winter, the Miami Marlins may turn their focus to building a “super bullpen,” according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

That plan could entail pursuing free agent Kenley Jansen, who has notched 189 career saves with the Dodgers dating back to 2010. Jansen became the Dodgers full-time closer under Don Mattingly in 2012, so there’s familiarity. Where the issue is likely to arise is money, as Jansen is believed to be seeking a $100M contract. [FanRag Sports]

Count the Marlins among those pursuing free-agent closer Kenley Jansen. (AP)
Count the Marlins among those pursuing free-agent closer Kenley Jansen. (AP)

DONE DEAL: The Yankees have traded veteran catcher Brian McCann to the Astros in exchange for right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The Astros will reportedly pay $11.5M of McCann’s salary each year, while the Yankees cover $5.5M. McCann is expected to split playing time with Evan Gattis. [The Stew]

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: The Astros weren’t done there. Not even an hour after the McCann trade was announced, they reached a four-year, $52M agreement with outfielder Josh Reddick. [Yahoo Sports]

ICYMI: Kris Bryant and Mike Trout were named MVP on Thursday. [The Stew]

NO THANKS: A.L. Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello will pass on his opportunity to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. “My loyalty is first and foremost to the Boston Red Sox,” he said on Thursday. [@alexspeier]

IT’S OFFICIAL: Bartolo Colon finalized his one-year, $12.5M contract with the Braves. [@Braves]

ROSTER CHANGES?: One element still under consideration during the current collective bargaining talks is whether MLB rosters will be expanded from 25 to 26. New provisions may also limit teams to 28 active players on a given day once rosters expand in September. [Fox Sports]


SHAKE IT UP: The A’s announced changes to their ownership structure Thursday, revealing that managing partner/owner Lew Wolff will step down after 11 years. As part of the shake-up, majority owner John Fisher will assume his previous role as the team’s managing partner, team president Michael Crowley will become senior advisor to the ownership group, while Dave Kaval was hired as president.

We had a full report Thursday, including what this means for a potential new A’s stadium. [The Stew]

HIRING NEWS: Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has joined the Diamondbacks coaching staff as Torey Lovullo’s bench coach. Arizona also announced the hiring of Tony Perezchica as third base coach, Mike Fetters as bullpen coach and Robby Hammock as quality control coach. [@Diamondbacks]

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