Kenley Jansen pissed off with Crimson Sox’ inaction at commerce deadline: ‘We wanted assist’

Crimson Sox

“We’d be enjoying in a Wild Card recreation proper now.”

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo.
Kenley Jansen will miss the postseason for the primary time for the reason that 2012 season. Reed Hoffmann / AP

Kenley Jansen isn’t any stranger to October baseball.

In actual fact, the 35-year-old reliever has nearly come to count on it at this stage of the baseball calendar.

Getting into the 2023 season, Jansen superior to the postseason 10 straight seasons between the Dodgers and Braves, profitable a World Sequence with Los Angeles in 2020.

That streak is ready to return to an in depth this fall, nonetheless, because the 76-81 Crimson Sox can be on the skin taking a look at playoff motion for the fourth time within the final 5 years.

Talking to WEEI’s Rob Bradford on the “Baseball Isn’t Boring” podcast, Jansen — Boston’s lone All-Star consultant this season — didn’t maintain again from venting his displeasure at how his first yr with the Crimson Sox ended.  

“It’s irritating,” Jansen instructed Bradford. “I went 10 straight [playoffs], from 2013 till now. Ten straight years within the playoffs. Irritating. Disappointment. All come collectively. Not pleased. To be fairly sincere for you, I don’t know learn how to play for numbers. I solely know learn how to compete for a championship. That’s me simply being sincere.”

The Crimson Sox had been formally bounced from playoff competition final week. However even amid the assorted ups and downs that include a 162-game schedule, Boston discovered itself within the combine for a Wild-Card spot in late July with the commerce deadline approaching. 

However in a transfer that may have sealed his destiny in Boston, former Crimson Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom opted to face pat on the commerce deadline — even with the evident flaws current on their roster, particularly by way of an absence of pitching depth.

“We wanted assist. I knew it,” Jansen mentioned of Boston’s standing getting into August. “That’s the mindset we got here in with. I received’t converse for [Justin Turner], however we knew to maintain it shut, and we had been shut. We had been 1/2 recreation out and we had been enjoying nice. However whenever you ask to have tons and tons and tons of bullpen video games, in some unspecified time in the future everyone goes to get drained and that’s what occurred and we fell off. It’s undoubtedly irritating.”

The Crimson Sox, who had been sitting simply 2.5 video games out of a Wild Card spot on the deadline, promptly plummeted after Bloom declared the staff as “underdogs” within the playoff hunt. For the reason that commerce deadline handed on Aug. 1, Boston has gone 20-31 and is on observe for a last-place end within the AL East. 

“Chaim did put collectively an excellent offensive staff,” Jansen mentioned. “I don’t know what occurred internally there. On the finish of the day it’s a bunch. That’s what I can say from my expertise. I believe if we might have had a few pitchers – and also you in all probability have to [trade] prospects or no matter … I signed right here to play within the playoffs. I didn’t signal right here to develop. At this level in my profession I don’t wish to be on a growth staff. The one factor I’m chasing proper now’s a hoop. That’s the one factor I’m going to play for.”

Jansen added: “We do have an amazing staff and if we might have had a few starters [at the deadline], we wouldn’t be speaking about this proper now. We’d be enjoying in a Wild Card recreation proper now.”


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