6 trade destinations for Kenley Jansen as Red Sox look to shed payroll

The Red Sox could shake up their bullpen while cutting costs.

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As the Boston Red Sox look to make additional roster moves this offseason, they may have to manipulate the current roster and move on from any number of big-league contributors.

As MassLive’s Chris Cotillo has reported, the Red Sox’ front office – presumably under the direct command of ownership – feels that it needs to “shade more payroll” before aggressively pursuing free agents or trades where they'd inherit more salary.

One potential trade candidate is Kenley Jansen, who was valuable in the closer role last season but comes with a significant $16 million price tag for the 2024 campaign. And if the Red Sox are once again going to be at the bottom of the division -- which is what it seems like right now -- then what's the point of paying an escalated cost for a luxury position such as closer?

Contenders need high-priced closers, not middling teams stuck in neutral. As the Red Sox look to revamp their roster, there's little need for Jansen for 2024.

Here are six potential landing spots for the veteran hurler if the Red Sox eventually make the move.

6 trade destinations for Kenley Jansen as Red Sox look to shed payroll

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have some financial flexibility after Shohei Ohtani left for the Dodgers. While this club shouldn’t be viewed as a serious contender, they will feel obligated to make aggressive trades and signings for as long as Mike Trout remains under contract.

They could look to upgrade at closer, especially after Carlos Estevez amassed a 4.55 xFIP and 4.48 BB/9 through 63 outings last year. He did post 31 saves but felt like a temporary fill-in for the Halos, who still have time to make a splash before Spring Training begins next month.

Should the Red Sox pursue a deal with the Angels, they could target players like Taylor Ward, Jose Suarez, or prospect Camden Minacci.