clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Joe Kelly signing announced officially by the Dodgers

New, 103 comments
MLB: World Series-Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
Joe Kelly is probably screamingly happy with his new contract
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Today the Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the signing of relief pitcher Joe Kelly, recently a member of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, to a three-year contract worth a reported $25 million dollars guaranteed.

After a pedestrian regular-season (4.39 ERA, 100 ERA+, 4.4 BB/9, 9.3 K/9 in 65 23 innings), Kelly was torrid in post-season play striking out 13 batters in 11 13 innings – including 10 Dodgers batters in the World Series – while walking none and allowing only one earned run.

As reported by Joel Sherman and Jorge Castillo (among others) and as recorded in the Dodgers roster and contract details here, Kelly will receive a $1 million signing bonus, a $3 million salary in 2019 and $8.5 million in each of the following two years. The contract includes a team option for 2022 for $12 million, with a $4 million buyout.

The contract also includes incentive clauses that pay the hard-throwing right-hander $250,000 for each milestone of 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 Games Finished, and $500,000 for 60 Games Finished. As a point of comparison, Kenley Jansen finished 59 games in 2018.

The Dodgers 40-man roster is currently full; no corresponding roster move has yet been announced to make room for the addition of Kelly.