Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen works in Game 5 of the 2021 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
For the last decade, the Dodgers have been able to rely on two people on their pitching staff: Clayton Kershaw to start games and Kenley Jansen to close them. This year may be different.
Kershaw reported to Camelback Ranch on Sunday fresh off agreeing to a one-year contract to extend his Dodgers career to a 15th season. But Jansen, for the first time since the facility opened in 2009, is nowhere to be found for the fans crowding the back fields. The Dodgers’ all-time saves leader, a 6-foot-5 fan favorite synonymous with the organization’s return to prominence, remains a free agent three weeks from opening day.
“You can definitely tell he’s not here,” Kershaw said.
Jansen, 34, seeks a three-year contract and a guarantee to close games. Teams are interested. The Dodgers remain in the mix, according to two people…