Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen statuses as free agents have been much discussed topics this offseason. However, reliever Joe Kelly is another former Dodgers pitcher who did not sign before the December 1 lockout. Kelly revealed that he and the Dodgers are both on-board with the idea of the righty coming back to LA.
“Obviously, I want to come back and be a Dodger and the interest is mutual. So we gotta make something happen.”
Later in his interview on AM570’s Dodger Talk with David Vassegh, the inland empire native proclaimed, “I love LA.”
Kelly is confident that free agency will be a whirlwind once the lockout is over.
“Once it’s [the lockout] is over, we’re all going to sit down. The signing period is going to be like basketball. Guys are going to be signing at 4 A.M. in the morning.”
Kelly endeared himself to Dodgers fans after his heated exchange with Astros shortstop Carlos Correa in 2020. He’s been a Dodgers folk hero ever since.
Last season, Joe Kelly posted a 2.86 ERA in 44 IP. He missed all of April due to a shoulder injury. His season also ended prematurely due to another injury. Kelly left Game 5 of the 2021 NLCS with a bi-ceps strain.
If Kelly does re-sign with the Dodgers, he stated that he’s confident he’ll be ready Opening Day in LA.
“[My] arm is definitely going to be ready for the season.”
It sounds more likely than not that Kelly will once again be in Dodger blue in 2022.
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