12:29PM: Kelly and the Dodgers have agreed to phrases, WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford studies (X hyperlink), and the deal will probably be official when Kelly passes a bodily. It’s anticipated that Kelly signed a one-year contract, in keeping with Jon Heyman of the New York Submit.
11:31AM: The Dodgers and right-hander Joe Kelly are “very shut” to a brand new contract, sources inform FanSided’s Robert Murray (X hyperlink). Los Angeles handed on a $9.5MM membership choice on the ACES shopper final month, as an alternative shopping for Kelly out for $1MM and sending him into free company.
This may mark Kelly’s third separate stint in Dodger Blue. The reliever first joined the crew on a three-year, $25MM free agent contract throughout the 2018-19 offseason, and after L.A. declined a $12MM membership choice for a fourth 12 months of that deal, Kelly signed with the White Sox on a two-year, $17MM pact. 2023 was the final assured 12 months of that deal, and with Chicago caught within the midst of a disastrous season, the Sox moved Kelly and Lance Lynn to the Dodgers previous to the commerce deadline.
Kelly had a 4.97 ERA over 29 innings for the White Sox previous to the commerce, however he regained his kind in his previous stomping grounds with a sparking 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings over 11 appearances for the Dodgers. Since Kelly’s secondary numbers with Chicago had been much more spectacular than his ERA, the Dodgers wager accurately that Kelly was due some optimistic course-correction. For the season as an entire, Kelly posted a 4.12 ERA, 58% grounder fee, 35.7% strikeout fee, and 10.7% stroll fee over 39 1/3 innings. Whereas the stroll fee is on the excessive aspect, the excellent strikeout and grounder numbers made up for some shaky management, and Kelly’s arm remains to be very stay at age 35, with a fastball averaging 98.9mph.
Regardless of these outcomes, Kelly’s well being has been a query mark, which possible factored into the Dodgers’ resolution to say no that $9.5MM choice. Kelly has been on the injured checklist eight instances during the last 4 seasons, with three of these stints (on account of forearm irritation, elbow irritation, and a groin pressure) coming in 2023. Whereas not one of the accidents have been overly severe, the cumulative IL time price Kelly round two months of the season, and creates some doubt about how nicely he can maintain up over the course of a full marketing campaign and into what the Dodgers hope will probably be a deep run into the playoffs.
The bullpen was an enormous energy for the Dodgers final season, and reinforcing that energy is of explicit import contemplating all the questions L.A. is dealing with within the beginning rotation. The Dodgers will certainly add some depth and presumably even some celebrity arms to the pitching employees by winter’s finish, but clearly it helps the run prevention efforts on the entire if the reduction corps has sufficient depth and high quality to assist bail out the starters. Evan Phillips will return because the nearer, with Kelly becoming a member of Brusdar Graterol and Caleb Ferguson as major setup choices.