RHP Joe Kelly Got A 'No-Trade' Call From John Farrell
Red Sox right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly was a hot topic over the winter—"hot" in the sense that he was mentioned in a lot of potential trades. His second-half performances in 2015 were indicative of how good he could be—with perhaps the best pure stuff and hardest fastball on the entire staff. Nevertheless, it was touch-and-go for the 27-year old in terms if whether he would be staying in Carmine Hose or not. In a podcast with WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, we learn that his angst was relieved by a phone call from manager John Farrell. Kelly says, "I got a call from John Farrell and he told me I wasn't going anywhere. He said he knew my name was being thrown out there and that was just from other clubs, throwing my name out there to see what fish would bite". And, in a not-so-subtle dig at his former employers, Kelly went on, "I didn't get that phone call from the GM or the coach from the St. Louis Cardinals before I got traded (to Boston). It just happened out of the blue." Hmm.