Everyone's fan favorite is back in Los Angeles for another season, and Kelly will be more than ready to perform in 2024. Kelly posted a 2.86 ERA in 2021 with the Dodgers before leaving in free agency to join the Chicago White Sox. In 2022 with Chicago, he posted a 6.08 ERA, and followed that up with a 4.97 ERA before the trade deadline in 2023. However, after Kelly was traded to the Dodgers in 2023, his season turned around immediately.
Kelly posted a 1.74 ERA in just 10.1 regular season innings for the Dodgers, and then posted 1.2 shutout innings in the postseason. Kelly also struck out 35.7% of the batters he faced in 2023, which was the highest strikeout rate of his career.
If Kelly can stay healthy with the Dodgers throughout 2024, his second half of 2023 clearly demonstrated that he can still be a big part of a great bullpen. If the Dodgers are going to claim their eighth title in 2024, they will need Kelly to be a solid piece at the backend of the bullpen, and he will deliver.