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Shawn Kelley | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 232
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 13 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo mentioned Shawn Kelley as a likely option to replace Drew Storen in the eighth inning role in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Of course that also means that if the Nats can find a way to deal Papelbon, that Kelley could find himself in the driver's seat for saves in Washington. Kelly compiled a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over his 51 1/3 frames for the Padres in 2015. Jan 9 - 11:11 AM

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Nationals signed RHP Shawn Kelley to a three-year contract.

The deal is believed to be worth $15-16 million. Kelley is one of the more underrated relievers in baseball, having put up a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2015. He should continue to miss plenty of bats in 2016 and allow the Nationals to trade Drew Storen for help elsewhere.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:50:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Nationals and free agent reliever Shawn Kelley have agreed to a three-year deal worth $15-16 million.

The "saga," as Crasnick called it, originally had Kelley going to the Nats on a one-year pact, a surprisingly short-term deal in a market where a number of lesser relievers were getting longer guarantees. This sounds more like it. Kelley earned it, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2015.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:39:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post confirms the Nationals have signed Shawn Kelley to a one-year deal.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Wednesday that the two sides had reached an agreement, but there were a few more details to work out. The pact is now complete, pending a physical. It's a bit surprising Kelley couldn't find a multi-year contract in this market given that he registered a fantastic 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings this summer for the Padres.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 12:44:00 PM

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Nationals and free agent reliever Shawn Kelley have reached a contract agreement pending a physical.

The deal was first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network on Tuesday, but it apparently took another day for things to stick. Should everything click into place with the Nationals as expected, they'll be signing a 31-year-old right-hander who owned a 2.45 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio across 51 1/3 innings last season.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in Shawn Kelley.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Kelley had agreed to terms with the Nationals, but that report jumped the gun. The Nats are still in the running in addition to the Mariners, and the D'Backs are also thought to have interest. Kelley, who held a 2.45 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings in 2015, could compete for the closer job in Seattle.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that an agreement between the Nationals and reliever Shawn Kelley is not a "done deal."

Jack Curry of YES Network reported early Tuesday morning that the two sides had agreed to a contract, but apparently that was premature. The Nationals, Mariners, and Diamondbacks have been viewed as the finalists.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 01:24:00 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Nationals have agreed to sign reliever Shawn Kelley.

No word yet on the terms involved, but it's almost certainly a multi-year pact. Kelley, who turns 32 next April, is coming off an excellent season with the Padres where he posted a 2.45 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 08:37:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that interest in Shawn Kelley "has started to pick up."

A few relief dominoes have fallen the last few days, setting the potential price tag for Kelley. The 31-year-old has put up a mediocre 3.80 ERA over the last three seasons but has struck out 201 over 156 1/3 innings. He should have no trouble netting a multi-year contract.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 04:26:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Shawn Kelley is "attracting a lot of interest."

Kelley will probably wait for the Darren O'Day domino to fall and set the market for top-end free agent relievers. O'Day is thought to be looking for a four-year contract worth between $28-36 million. Kelley, 31, posted an impressive 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings of relief this past season for the Padres. The right-hander could be looking at a payday of more than $20 million.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 03:17:00 PM

Shawn Kelley (forearm) has been cleared for availability out of the Padres' bullpen.

Kelley hasn't pitched in three weeks due to a strained right forearm, but he's improved and feeling well enough to give it a go. He holds a 2.72 ERA and 55/13 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 relief innings for the Pads this season.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 11:21:00 PM

Shawn Kelley left Tuesday's game versus the Rangers with a right forearm strain.

"I just felt some tightness in my forearm, just some discomfort, tingling," said Kelley. The reliever has had Tommy John surgery twice before, but he noted that the discomfort was on the outside of his forearm, so there shouldn't be any worry about an elbow injury.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 09:16:00 AM

Padres activated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 15-day disabled list.

Kelley is ready to roll after being unscored upon in three rehab appearances. He held a 10.13 ERA over six relief appearances before going down with a calf injury, but that number will go down. Kelley will help set up for Craig Kimbrel.
Fri, May 8, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Shawn Kelley (calf) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

He'll pitch Monday and Wednesday and could be activated as soon as Thursday. Kelley began his rehab on Friday, striking out two with one walk in a scoreless inning for High-A Lake Elsinore. With Joaquin Benoit struggling with dead arm, Kelley's return to the Padres' bullpen couldn't come at a better time.
Sat, May 2, 2015 07:54:00 PM

Shawn Kelley (calf) faced live hitters on Monday.

It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list over the weekend with a left calf strain. Kelley is eligible to return on May 8 and it sounds like he should have a good chance to be activated at that time.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 06:28:00 PM

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