Dodgers holding on to both Jansen and Turner a pleasant surprise

first_imgNegotiations reached that point just as Jansen’s friends and family — including Dodgers teammates Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Turner — were gathering in his native Curacao for Jansen’s wedding. According to Jansen, the Dodgers came through with a nice wedding present, increasing their contract offer and adding a fifth year.“I think it might have been on my wedding day or the day before,” Jansen said. “The offer changed significantly. … The plan was to make that call with them at the end. To see them make that offer, make that effort at the end, it was huge for me.“I knew from Day One I didn’t want to take this uniform off.”Turner arrived in Curacao for the wedding in the final stages of his own negotiations. At a dinner with Van Slyke, Turner said his teammate “asked some tough questions (about where he would be signing) and I’m sure he probably had the same questions for Kenley, too.” But Turner said there was very little business talk and no hard sell among the Dodgers in attendance that weekend.“The first couple days we were there, there wasn’t a single word spoken about baseball,” Turner said. “It was all about going down to Curacao, Kenley showing us around, showing us his country, showing us where he’s from. He took us out on his boat. It was really refreshing actually, to not have any baseball talks.“When it actually came up was in his room the day of his wedding. He was getting a haircut. … It just kind of came about. We were talking about both of our situations, what was going on, what was happening. I don’t think either one of us was trying to pressure anyone to make any decision. We were just kind of laying out the options and different situations and experiences.“I left the room and Scott Van Slyke and Yasiel Puig came in. I don’t know what their conversations were. Whatever happened, at the end of that night I got on a plane the next morning, jumped over to the next island over, Aruba, and sure enough I saw on my phone that he’d agreed to be a Dodger. I was extremely happy.”By the time Turner’s vacation in Aruba was over, he had agreed to his own four-year, $64 million contract, less than what one of the National League’s best third baseman might have gotten had he chased the last dollar more aggressively on the open market.“As much as you want to go out and test the waters — I had this conversation with Kenley – it’s not always greener on the other side when you go to another organization,” Turner said. “As good as they may make it seem it’s going to be for you, you don’t necessarily know what you’re getting yourself into. With the Dodgers, obviously being here the last three years, I knew exactly who was here.“I love the staff, (manager) Dave Roberts and what he’s done, the guys he’s put into place, what they mean and what they stand for. I love being a Dodger. I love being in the community. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right here in this city where I grew up not too far from and really wanted to continue those relationships, keep building on it. We have some unfinished business too.” “It ain’t about the money all the time, man,” said Jansen who will nonetheless make at least $80 million over the next five seasons.Turner’s departure never seemed as imminent. But he did laugh off a recent report that he was so committed to returning to Los Angeles that he didn’t bother cleaning out his locker at Dodger Stadium following the season and continued to go through his offseason workouts there.“Yeah, I read the same thing,” Turner said Wednesday with a laugh. “That wasn’t the case. I think Kenley and I cleaned out our lockers probably the same day and headed out of here.“Getting to free agency is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It’s so hard to get there for guys. You do want to explore and you do want to see the other options. But obviously my experience here with the Dodgers had a pretty big weight on it in making that decision and what was going to happen. So it’s nice to be courted. It’s nice to be desired by other teams. But at the end of the day, I’m happy to be right here and I get to put on a Dodger uniform again.”Jansen came very close to trying on a different uniform. He was aggressively pursued by both the Nationals and Miami Marlins. But all along, he said he had a difficult time imagining himself making that break away from the organization that “gave me a second opportunity” in baseball, converting the failed catcher into a closer. That reluctance to make a break was evident in Jansen having his agent, Adam Katz, tell the Dodgers they would get a chance to make the final offer before Jansen signed with anyone else. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> There was no doubt about one thing going into baseball’s offseason — Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner were going to be very rich.But the fact that both were standing in front of cameras at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon holding up the same Dodgers uniforms they wore last season was a bit of an upset.“A few days before my wedding, it seemed like I was going to Washington,” Jansen said a few minutes after the press conference making the December signings of both free agents official. “But after the Dodgers came in at the end, I couldn’t leave. I wanted to stay.”That he stayed a Dodger even though the Nationals offered a more lucrative contract was a surprise even to Jansen who admitted “from Day One” in the free-agent process he expected to sign with whatever team “would give me the most money.”last_img read more

Top doctor resigns from troubled Iowa center for disabled

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The medical director at a state-run institution for people with intellectual disabilities has resigned amid questions about the care residents received at the Glenwood Resource Center in southwest Iowa.The Des Moines Register reports that documents from the Iowa Department of Human Services show that Dr. Mohammamd Rehman resigned Friday from the Glenwood facility.The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations that the former Glenwood superintendent was planning to conduct human sexual arousal experiments and had begun questionable hydration therapy on patients. The department also is looking into a death rate that concerned employees.In addition, two doctors and four other former Glenwood employees filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging a conspiracy by top officials to silence complaints about the research and patient care.Rehman had led the Glenwood institution’s medical staff for several years. The Department of Human Services said a recently hired physician from nearby Fremont, Nebraska, will be the interim leader of the facility’s medical staff.State lawmaker Sen. Mark Costello, a Republican from Imogene who represents the Glenwood area, said he thinks the Department of Human Services seems to be taking the Glenwood situation seriously and is making important changes.“I think they’re trying to do the best they can. It’s a really difficult situation,” said Costello.last_img read more