The last couple of days some teams that are likely not going to be contenders this season have been adding veterans, and the Rangers got in on that by signing free-agent reliever Shawn Kelley to add to their bullpen. The deal is for one season with a base salary of $2.5 million with another $500,000 possible in incentives. The deal also includes a $2.5 million club option for the 2020 season with a $250,000 buyout.
Outside of the 2017 season, Kelley has been pretty consistent. Kelley has posted a career ERA of 3.67 and overall he has done a pretty good job during his career of picking up strikeouts, which is something that teams view as very important in this day and age of baseball. Kelley has also done equally as well during his career against left-handed and right-handed hitters, so even though he’s not a household name when it comes to relievers in baseball, he is a very quality reliever and can really help any team that he’s a part of.
It’s unknown what role he will have with the Rangers. He won’t be the closer, but whether he’s a 6th, 7th or 8th inning guy has yet to be seen, but he’s been best in his career during the 7th inning.
Kelley seems like a guy that a team could try and trade for at the trade deadline because he has performed in a couple different roles throughout his career and with his contract not being very big, he would be an attractive trade piece later in the season.
Overall Grade: C+