The Washington Nationals and right-hander Casey Janssen have reached an agreement on a one-year contract, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Janssen will earn $3.5 MM in 2015, and can earn an additional $500K in bonuses. His deal also has a $1.5MM mutual option for the 2016 season.
Janssen passed physical with #Nationals; deal now official. Includes $500K in performance bonuses that previously were unreported.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 2, 2015
The 33-year-old reliever has spent his entire 8-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays, serving as the team’s closer for the past three seasons. Coming off a 2013 season where he saved 34 games and posted a 2.56 ERA, Janssen struggled in 2014, as his saves total decreased to 25 and his ERA increased to 3.94. After a bad case of food poisoning sidelined him, along with a pretty heavy workload once he returned to the mound, Janssen struggled mightily in the second half of the season, which are driving factors to why his ERA was so high.
With Rafael Soriano sitting on the free agent market, the Nationals needed to add another right-handed pitcher to bolster their bullpen. As the team already has their closer in Drew Storen, Janssen will most likely serve as a late inning reliever, with the ability to close if need be. Even with his shaky 2014 season, Janssen is still a quality reliever, and if the Nationals can get him back to form, he will definitely add some strength to an already strong bullpen heading into the 2015 campaign.