The Dodgers and reliever Joe Kelly are close to reaching an agreement to keep the right-hander in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.
A longtime fan favorite and member of the club’s 2020 World Series-winning team, Kelly was reacquired by the Dodgers at last season’s trade deadline. The 35-year-old Southland native made just 11 appearances after the move, but still posted a 1.74 ERA to bolster the club’s bullpen en route to its 100-win season.
Kelly was less effective before the trade, with a 4.97 ERA to start the season while playing with the Chicago White Sox.
However, Kelly also finished the year with a career-best 99-mph fastball average, and received rave reviews from Dodgers brass about the quality of his pitches.
When his deal goes through, Kelly will return to an LA bullpen expected to be anchored by Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol and other returners from last year’s group — which struggled early in the season, but found -an its progress.
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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.