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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kelley either with Rangers in ‘20 or retires

ARLINGTON—The Rangers have a $2.5 million option on veteran reliever Shawn Kelley. He is hoping they will pick it up.

If not, Kelley said he will retire.

“If they pick me up, I would love to come back and do another year,” Kelley said. “If not, I will drift off to the sunset. I’ll either play here next year or retire.”

Kelley is finishing his 11th season and has pitched in 486 games. He has worked through a variety of injuries, including two Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgeries. He went on the injured list twice this season, once for a bacterial infection in his throat that required surgery to have benign lumps removed.

I hope that Kelley’s goal is to retire, because, if it isn’t, this feels like something that could backfire fairly badly…..

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:50 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rangers, retirement, shawn kelley

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 11, 2019 at 09:46 AM (#5878355)
I hope that Kelley’s goal is to retire, because, if it isn’t, this feels like something that could backfire fairly badly…..
It doesn't sound like a negotiating strategy to me. He's been through the wringer a bit more than other players, and it sounds like he's done with bouncing around from team to team as middling relievers do. I don't know if he has a family, but that would be one more reason not to change home base again. With the buyout Kelley would be at $25 million in earnings, so why not just call it a career? It's what a lot of people would do.

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