LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen late Wednesday night by reaching a deal with freeagent right-wing Joe Kelly to a three-year, $25 million deal, pending a physical exam, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The record was not confirmed by the club.

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen late Wednesday night by reaching a deal with freeagent right-wing Joe Kelly to a three-year, $25 million deal, pending a physical exam, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The record was not confirmed by the club.

Kelly, 30, is a Southern California native who helped the Red Sox defeat the Dodgers in the World Series in October. From the regular season, he was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.355 WHIP. He emerged in 73 gamesin the American League. Boston gained him from the Cardinals in a midseason trade in 2014.

Contrary to the Dodgers in the World Series, Kelly looked in all five matches, pitching six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Kelly let one run in 11 1/3 postseason innings. He relies on a fastball that averaged 98.1 mph .

The Dodgers visit Kelly because the hottest candidate to help fill the conventional setup role for closer Kenley Jansen. He will soon be the 1st outside reliever the Dodgers have signed to a large scale contract.

A year before, that the Dodgers signed another converted starting pitcher, Tom Koehler, to help be considered a bullpen bridge to Jansen, but he blew his shoulder out in Spring Training rather than searched for the Dodgers. The installment role dropped to a committee that contained Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Dylan Floro, Ryan Madson, JT Chargois along with Josh Fields.

Dodgers fans could remember Kelly as a St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher whose 2013 pitch broke the ribs of Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and changed the trajectory of their 2013 National League Championship Series. He’s been primarily coming out of a shoulder impingement in 2016.

Kelly is to sign from a bullpen industry. Lots of teams were rumored to be more enthusiastic about him, including the Red Sox, especially now that it appears they wont be bringing back closer Craig Kimbrel.

In 2018, Kelly was suspended for six matches for hitting Yankees Tyler Austin with a seemingly retaliatory pitch and triggering a bench-clearing brawl. Throughout the suspension he watched one game from the bleachers.

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