The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with right-handed relief pitcher Casey Janssen on a one-year, $5 million contract. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, the deal includes a mutual option for the 2016 season, which is worth $7 million.
Salary for Janssen next year would be $7M on the mutual option. Seems unlikely it would be picked up. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) January 28, 2015
In 45 and 2/3 innings pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, the 33-year-old right-hander had a 3-3 record, along with a 3.94 ERA, as well as 25 saves in 30 opportunities, over 50 games pitched out of the bullpen. Janssen also missed 37 games last season with an injury.
Over his eight-year career (all with the Blue Jays), Janssen has posted a 29-24 record, along with a 3.52 ERA in 389 games (22 starts), while picking up 90 saves. Serving as the Blue Jays’ closer in parts of the past four seasons, he had totaled an ERA at least below three in the three seasons prior to last year.
Janssen has been linked to the Nationals all offseason, as the Nationals’ signing of him now makes even more sense with the trading of top reliever Tyler Clippard. He will now join the likes of right-handed relievers Drew Storen, Craig Stammen and Aaron Barrett, as well as left-handed relievers Jerry Blevins and Matt Thornton. The team has also been linked to free-agent relievers Burke Badenhop and Ronald Belisario.