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December 2, 2023
Kelly agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Dodgers declined Kelly's $9.5 million club option earlier in the offseason, but the team will retain the 35-year-old reliever at a lower salary. Kelly put up a 4.12 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 39.1 innings in 2023, though his numbers significantly improved after he was moved from the White Sox to the Dodgers in July (1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP in 10.1 innings with Los Angeles). It's unlikely Kelly receives many save opportunities given his injury history and the Dodgers' already-strong bullpen, though he could still be used fairly often in high-leverage situations.