Dodgers decline Joe Kelly’s $12 million option; outright Alexander, 2 others

Joe Kelly. Photo by: Cody Bashore

While there probably won’t be a lot of roster movement before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is agreed to, there have been a few 40-man roster moves in the last couple days.

Dodgers decline Kelly’s $12 million option

The Dodgers declined their $12 million club option on reliever Joe Kelly. Instead, they’ll pay him a $4 million buyout.

Kelly hurt his right bicep in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves, and he dealt with injury issues in his 3-year stint as a Dodger. Still, he pitched relatively well in his time as a Dodger.

  • 3.59 ERA
  • 3.46 FIP
  • 26.9 K%
  • 9.8 BB%
  • 59.9 GB%

Honestly, it’s probably a lot better than a lot expected when the Dodgers signed him in the 2018-19 offseason.

There is thought that the Dodgers could bring him back at a reduced rate, which would seemingly imply that his injury is a bit more severe. Otherwise, I’m sure the Dodgers would have just exercised the option, seeing as $8 million (difference between $12 million option and $4 million buyout) a season is about the going rate for a solid, non-closer reliever these days.

Dodgers outright Alexander, two others

The Dodgers also outrighted three players off their 40-man roster on Friday — Scott Alexander, Andy Burns and Jimmie Sherfy.

Alexander was arbitraiton-eligible for the third time and was projected to make $1.3 million. Instead of that, the Dodgers exposed him to waivers and he went unclaimed. If he’s still with the org come the start of next season, he’ll likely be in Triple-A.

Burns was the injury replacement for Justin Turner in the NLCS, but the Dodgers felt comfortable jettisoning him off the 40-man. I’m not sure I laid the sarcasm on thick enough, but this is no big loss. He’s a career Quad-A/utility player.

Sherfy pitched for both the Giants and Dodgers last season, but he finished last season on the 60-day injured list. His tour of the NL West could continue next season. He still has Colorado and San Diego on the list.

The 40-man roster is currently at 36 players, with 60-day IL guys still to be added to the roster.

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Sorry the roster news wasn’t more exciting. I wouldn’t expect anything big for the time being … unless the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw agree to a deal before the CBA expires. It doesn’t seem likely, but eventually, it’s something that needs to happen.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.