Cubs, others interested in J.J. Putz

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One of the reasons a guy like Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration is that there are just loads of relievers floating around this winter.  Maybe not many as good as he is, but certainly some far cheaper and worth a flier.

For example, there’s J.J. Putz, who could be a great bargain/reclamation pickup for someone.  Those someones who might be interested: the Cubs, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Nationals and Tigers.

Would I turn over the ninth inning to the guy if I were running a team? Nah. But Putz could be an extremely useful part of a bullpen for any team that doesn’t want to spend a lot on a bullpen. Which is any team except the Braves, it seems. 

Report: Dodgers to sign Joe Kelly to three-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are close to signing reliever Joe Kelly. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is for three years and around $25 million.

Kelly, 30, posted a 4.39 ERA with a 68/32 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen during the regular season in 2018. He turned it up a notch in the postseason, limiting the opposition to two runs (one earned) in 11 1/3 innings with a 13/0 K/BB ratio.

With the Red Sox, Kelly mostly pitched seventh and eighth innings ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel. He will likely do the same ahead of closer Kenley Jansen, sharing the workload with Pedro Báez.