Remember the 2018 World Series – that fireball reliever of the Boston Red Sox who the Dodgers couldn’t solve? His name is Joe Kelly, and he threw six innings of shutout baseball with ten strikeouts.
The old adage is – if you can’t beat them, join them. In this case, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like Kelly to join their squad. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Dodgers have joined a host of teams in pursuit of Kelly at the Winter Meetings.
Bradford lists Los Angeles is a team to watch, reporting the Dodgers “may be putting the biggest push” on Kelly, a California native.
Kelly’s market has been pretty quiet to this point, with the focus in Boston largely focused on where closer Craig Kimbrel will end up signing. Kimbrel, the top free agent reliever available this winter, seems to hold the key to the entire bullpen market and could sign at some point during this week’s Winter Meetings.
Moreover, a key point in things is that Kelly is a California born player. He attended Corona High School before pitching at University of Riverside.
Kelly comes off a 2018 regular season in which he had a 4.39 ERA, and 68 strikeouts in 65.2 innings pitched. His fastball is his premiere weapon, often touching triple digits.
In short, sign me up. I loved what I saw from Kelly in the postseason, and being from California adds a nice dynamic to the mix. Of course, there is the whole ‘money’ thing to deal with; but Kelly shouldn’t come at an overwhelming price tag. Furthermore, it’s easy to picture him in a Dodgers uniform setting things up late for Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers should continue to explore this option, and if the price is right; make Joe Kelly an early Christmas present.
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