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Giants Linked to All-Star Free Agent Closer

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco Giants are targeting an All-Star closer in free agency.
The San Francisco Giants are targeting an All-Star closer in free agency. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Francisco Giants appear to be gearing up for a huge offseason. Not only are they going after AL MVP Aaron Judge, but they've also been linked to an All-Star closer in free agency.

Even better, the reliever used to pitch for San Francisco's division rivals.

Kenley Jansen Rumors

That pitcher is Kenley Jansen, who spent 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing with the Atlanta Braves last year.

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Jansen, 35, has been one of the best closers in baseball for a decade, racking up 391 career saves and earning three All-Star appearances. He also owns a stellar 2.46 ERA for his career and help the Dodgers win the World Series in 2020.

The big right-hander is coming off another dominant season with the Braves. Despite switching teams for the first time in his career, he still paced the National League in saves for the second time with 41 while striking out 85 batters in 64 innings.

Jansen has shown no signs of slowing down as he enters his mid-30s and would be a massive addition to any bullpen. San Francisco had an effective closer last year in Camilo Doval, but you can never have too many arms.

After finishing 30 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West standings last year, the Giants are looking to close the gap. Poaching LA's old closer would certainly help in that regard.