Dodgers signed RHP Joe Kelly to a one-year, $8 million contract.
The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Jim Bowden last week, but the Dodgers had to clear room on their 40-man roster before they could officially sign Kelly. With this morning’s trade that sent Victor Gonzalez and Jorbit Vivas to the Yankees, the Dodgers now have that space. Kelly had an up-and-down 2023 season, with a 4.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 60/18 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings slit between the Dodgers and White Sox, but he thrived when he was back in Los Angeles, finishing the season with a 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 19/6 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings in 11 appearances with the Dodgers. He figures to remain a key set-up man for them in 2024.