Joe Kelly had an up-and-down year in Boston, but his dominant postseason run was key in their World Series run. Unfortunately, he may have also pitched himself out of the Red Sox' price range.
Kelly, an impending free agent, stated in an interview with WEEI that winning was his number one priority when it comes to potential suitors that may come calling.
"Winning. I want to be on a winning team. A team that is trying to win instead of not. The last three years we’ve been in the playoffs and the other two years were miserable. I’m not going to an organization where I know they aren’t putting their heart and soul into winning a World Series."
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In that particular regard, the defending World Champion Red Sox certainly have the upper hand. Kelly was also asked if he had any aspirations to emerge into a greater role than his current one as a set-up man, but he responded that he's more willing to do whatever his team needs to do.
"Would I want to close? Yeah, that would be the ultimate goal for a guy in the bullpen. I wouldn’t say I need to close. That would probably limit my number of options. Some teams might want me to start. You never know. I’m open to anything."
Thanks to his playoff run, the chances that Kelly returns to Boston seems higher than it would have been in the midst of this past season. Kelly, for one, seems to think that his performance made him more valuable in the eyes of the front office.
"It’s a better chance from their side of things. The organization, because I pitched well, they might want to bring me back more than a year ago."
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