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Source: Joe Kelly headed to Dodgers on 3-year deal

Rob Bradford
December 13, 2018 - 6:57 am

Joe Kelly is moving on.

According to a major league source, the reliever has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers in the vicinity of $25 million. The Red Sox, Mets and White Sox were the chief competitors for Kelly's services.

Kelly visited with Dodgers president Andrew Friedman for nearly three hours Friday, coming away thoroughly impressed with the detailed plan Los Angeles had for the 30-year-old's usage. In the meeting, the pitcher was able to offer a detailed explanation of changes he made late in the season to allow for his stellar postseason run.

"There’s a different aspect I didn’t think I would be viewed, in a positive way that I’m a little surprised by," Kelly told Sunday night by phone. "I would say it’s not what expected, but in a good way. It was pretty cool to see. It’s not that teams are pointing out my negatives. The smart people in baseball … People have been understanding and diving deeper. They have been understanding about the changes I made, which obviously were a little too late in the season which was something I regret. I regret we found it out a little bit late. But obviously, we won the World Series so that’s the positive side. But it’s cool seeing people understanding why I was successful and what I did and how I will now I’ll do that, which is something I have a good grasp on."

He added, "It’s just been about not only makes sense but what I’m going to be most comfortable with. Just because something sounds awesome it’s going to be something I want to rush. I’m not going to panic and rush to make a decision. I’m just very comfortable where I’m at."

Kelly is a California native, having grown up just outside Los Angeles.

Another potential Red Sox relief pitching target, Jeurys Familia, also came off the board late Wednesday night, agreeing to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Mets.

Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic were first to surface news of the agreement.


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