February 14, 2012
Janssen jacked about Jays
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
In a crowded springtime Blue Jay bullpen picture, Casey Janssen can rest easy for the first time in his career.
Janssen, on Monday signed a two-year, guaranteed $5.9 million extension that takes him through his first year of free agency. The contract also includes a club option for 2014.
Janssen, a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft, was a go-to reliever for manager John Farrell last season, compiling a 6-0 record with a couple of saves and a 2.26 ERA in 55 2/3 innings. He was a particularly attractive option against lefthanded hitters, limiting them to a .216 batting average even though he’s a righthander himself.
As a Blue Jay lifer, Janssen is excited to hang in and be a part of the team going forward as they build toward what they hope will be a return to the playoffs after an 18-year absence.
“I was really looking forward to this year, as any other year, but at the same time, once Alex (Anthopoulos) started contacting me about a chance at a multi-year, then I got excited about the Toronto Blue Jays and the future,” said Janssen.
“You see the young arms, you hear about them, the lineup and then what Alex did with the additions to the bullpen. I definitely like our chances. I think we can contend, and I think we can contend for years to come. I want to win so bad, and the commitment that Alex showed with the future and then obviously his commitment to me meant a lot.”