The Chicago White Sox are bulking up their bullpen. Reports on Saturday afternoon indicate the Sox are signing free agent relief pitcher Joe Kelly to a two-year contract. The deal is pending a physical.
Kelly, who spent the last three seasons with the Los Angels Dodgers, holds a career 3.86 ERA over 10 seasons in the big leagues. In 48 appearances last season, Kelly struck out 50 opposing hitters while only walking 15. He finished the year with a 2.86 ERA and two saves.
Joe Kelly is no stranger to the postseason. Appearing in 17 playoff series, including three trips to the World Series, Kelly will add yet another veteran presence in the White Sox bullpen which already includes Craig Kimbrel, Liam Hendriks, and fellow offseason acquisition Kendall Graveman. There is no word on if this signing will impact Kimbrel’s future on the Southside. It was reported earlier today that the White Sox expect Kimbrel to be with the team on Opening Day in the same role he held last season.
Kelly’s arsenal includes a high heat fastball that consistently hovers in the high 90s. While he uses his fastball sparingly, he has two breaking pitches in the sinker and the curveball that give opposing hitters fits. He will also occasionally break out a changeup. For those who haven’t seen much of Joe Kelly, here are some highlights from last season.
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