Just minutes after reportedly trading Yunel Escobar to the Angels for reliever Trevor Gott and a minor leaguer, the Nationals made another addition to their bullpen.
Shawn Kelley signing saga is complete. Agrees to 3-year deal with #nationals. Total payout in the $15-16M neighborhood.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 10, 2015
Kelley, a 31 year old reliever, pitched 51.1 innings last season and posted an ERA of 2.45, and an FIP of 2.57. He also produced a K/9 of 11.05, a BB/9 of 2.63, and a pristine HR/9 of 0.70.
It's somewhat surprising to see that Kelley will only receive an AAV close to $5 million considering what Ryan Madson and Joakim Soria signed for; 3-years $22 million and 3-years $25 million, respectively.
The Nationals now have two new pieces for their bullpen in 2016 and beyond, which could potentially lead to a trade of either Drew Storen, or Jonathan Papelbon; as the Nationals are reportedly looking to trade both.