Dodgers Reportedly Plans To Decline Contract Option On Joe Kelly

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The Dodgers hold a $12MM club option with a $4MM buyout on Joe Kelly.

According to Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times reports that the team is planning to pay him the buyout rather than pick up the net $8MM option. Part of the reasoning, according to Castillo, is that the biceps strain which caused Kelly to be removed from the NLCS roster is significant enough that he won’t be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

Kelly’s first season in Los Angeles back in 2019 didn’t go as smoothly as he or the team hoped, but he’s pitched to a 2.67 ERA with a 26.3% strikeout rate and a 9.8% walk rate over the past two seasons.

Dodgers are expected to decline his contract option this week.

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