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Sunday, March 13, 2022

White Sox add veterans Joe Kelly, Josh Harrison

The White Sox added free-agent reliever Joe Kelly and free-agent second baseman Josh Harrison on Saturday, sources told MLB.com. Kelly’s deal is for two years with a club option for a third and is pending a physical. Harrison’s deal is for one-year, $5.5 million with a club option for 2023. The White Sox have not confirmed either deal.

Kelly, 32, posted a 2.86 ERA and 27 percent strikeout rate in 48 appearances for the Dodgers last season, his 10th in the Majors. He owns a career 3.83 ERA, also pitching for the Cardinals (2012-14) and the Red Sox (2014-18). The hard-throwing right-hander has extensive postseason experience, appearing in 40 games with a 3.55 ERA over 58 1/3 innings, winning World Series rings with Boston (2018) and Los Angeles (2020).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2022 at 09:50 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. sanny manguillen Posted: March 13, 2022 at 11:28 AM (#6067606)
Looks like Harrison gets a nice bump from $1 million in 2021.
   2. GregD Posted: March 13, 2022 at 12:08 PM (#6067613)
Harrison is a fun player to watch as a fan. Lively and engaged. Always chatting with other infielders. I’d be happy if my team signed him for that on a one year deal. And I wish the As had done so
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 13, 2022 at 03:07 PM (#6067632)
As #1 notes, that's a bit rich for Harrison in today's market -- he got $2 M in 2019, $1 M in 2021 and presumably some equivalent of those in 2020. Now if the Sox are planning on giving him 500+ PA and he plays like he did in DC last year (or overall last year) then it's a solid deal. But for 2018-21, it's 2 WAR, -2 WAA in 1200 PA. It's only 1/$5.5 so it doesn't really matter and Harrison is a good guy as far as I know so good for him but I suspect he'd have taken 2/$6 in a heartbeat.
   4. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: March 14, 2022 at 09:33 AM (#6067692)
Harrison's one of the very few major leaguers I have met. He is a good guy, or at least he was long ago when he was still in the minors. And he worked his ass off to get to the majors, and continued to work his ass off to stay in the majors. The White Sox are paying him more than his age 34 season is worth, but good for him.

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