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Report: Dodgers Sought to Trade OF for Reunion With $32 Million Fan Favorite

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The Los Angeles Dodgers recently engaged in discussions with the Boston Red Sox regarding a potential trade involving outfielder Manuel Margot and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Although the talks never progressed past the initial stages and eventually fizzled out, it’s a move that garnered attention given Jansen’s status with the Red Sox.

The trade discussions arose amid the Dodgers’ desire to strengthen their bullpen, despite the solid performance of closer Evan Phillips in the previous season. Phillips is expected to continue receiving the majority of save opportunities, but manager Dave Roberts emphasized flexibility in bullpen roles.

Meanwhile, Jansen expressed frustration with his situation in Boston and indicated his willingness to return to Los Angeles, where he spent 12 years and achieved significant success. Despite being an All-Star for the Red Sox last season, Jansen anticipated being traded, especially with the team cutting payroll.

While a trade did not materialize during the offseason, it’s speculated that Jansen could still be a target for the Dodgers, possibly during the trade deadline. Jansen himself acknowledged the difficulty of the situation but remains focused on his work while being open to whatever outcome unfolds.

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