Kelly agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract with the Dodgers early Thursday morning, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Bouncing back from a brutal month of September, Kelly posted a 0.79 ERA in the postseason with four scoreless innings in the World Series. He will leave Boston and join the team he helped beat in that World Series, likely slotting right in front of Kenley Jansen as the team's top right-handed setup option. Kelly averaged over 98 mph on his fastball last season and had the second-best strikeout rate of his career.
Kelly allowed one run on one hit, one walk and two hit batsmen without retiring a batter in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. This was Kelly's second eighth-inning flameout in the last three appearances. He entered with two outs and none on, then proceeded to let Toronto tie up the game while permitting batters to reach base safely in every conceivable way (hit, walk, HBP). The eighth inning remains Boston's most glaring weakness heading towards the postseason.
Kelly (4-2) allowed three runs on four hits while striking out one over one inning to take the loss Friday against Houston. Boston's bullpen gave us another reminder that baseball's best team has a vulnerability heading into the postseason when the Red Sox face good offenses. Kelly, along with Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg, combined to give up four runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings, wasting a gem from starter David Price. He's had stretches of effective relief -- Kelly entered Friday's game with a 0.93 ERA over his previous 9.2 innings -- but his ERA has been above 3.00 since June 19. Manager Alex Cora needs to find relievers to trust in the seventh and eighth innings.
Kelly struck out two and walked one during an inning of relief against the Braves on Tuesday. Outside of a solo home run in Monday's series opener in Atlanta, Kelly hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 15, which encompasses 10.2 innings of work. On the year, he's logged a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with a 9.0 K/9, though his 4.2 BB/9 raises some cause for concern.
Kelly, who had left his previous outing after experiencing lightheadedness, threw a scoreless eighth inning in Monday's 5-0 win over Texas. He allowed a hit and struck out two. Kelly shook off a leadoff single to record his third consecutive scoreless outing. Manager Alex Cora still has confidence in Kelly, who had an 8.31 ERA during the month of June. The right-hander has pitched the eighth inning in eight of his previous nine appearances.