Friday, December 14, 2018

The Sox Would Not Go To A Third Year On Joe Kelly, And The Dodgers Did

The reason that Joe Kelly (AKA Jim Buchanan) will be pitching at Chavez Ravine instead of Fenway Park next year comes down to: one year. According to multiple reports, the Red Sox were unwilling to go to a third year on their 2-year offer to Kelly—and, of course, the Dodgers did go there. Kelly will get $25 million over the course of the deal—a significant raise over the $2.6 million he earned from Boston in 2018. Despite his brilliant performance in the 2018 post-season, Kelly's regular-season numbers last year were pedestrian at best. While he achieved "folk hero" status after the "Joe Kelly Fight Club" brawl against The Evil Ones, it probably did not make sense to extend him to that third year. Hopefully, the money saved on Kelly will be spent on either Adam Ottavino or David Robertsonor both. Stay tuned!