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Red Sox' offer to Joe Kelly comes into focus

Rob Bradford
December 13, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Joe Kelly was clearly enamored by the idea of going to the Dodgers.

After meeting with team president Andrew Friedman for almost three hours last Friday, Kelly came away impressed with how Los Angeles viewed the pitcher's evolution, future and predicted role. Dodger Stadium was also just a few miles from where the pitcher grew up.

As it turned out, the Dodgers' financial commitment didn't hurt, either.

According to a major league source, Los Angeles out-bid the Red Sox by a significant margin, with Boston never willing to go past two years for the 30-year-old reliever. The Dodgers deal ultimately landed at three years, $25 million. The annual average value of the two years proposed by the Sox also isn't believed to reach the level of Los Angeles' commitment.

The Red Sox' offer may allow for some insight as to how they are approaching the relief market, seeing which of the remaining late-inning hurlers fall into their price range. Along with Kelly, closer Jeurys Familia also helped define the market by agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Mets.

Update: Kelly confirmed on the Bradfo Sho that the Dodgers were the only team to offer three years. Listen to the entire podcast, click here.

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