Shawn Kelley: Freely* Available Talent?

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Could this recent Mariners castoff be a contributor for the Brewers?

The news: In the midst of a flurry of signings this week, the Mariners designated right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley for assignment.

Kelley is 28 years old, a veteran of 120 relief appearances over four major league seasons and is signed for $935,000 for 2013 in his second of four arbitration seasons (he was a Super 2 in 2012). He has a career 3.52 ERA over 128 innings, including a 3.25 mark in 47 major league appearances in 2012. He walks around 2.7 batters per nine innings and strikes out 8.6, but also allows 1.3 home runs per nine.

Kelley's major league numbers have been good, but his minor league numbers are nothing short of phenomenal. He has a 1.78 ERA in the minors over six professional seasons, striking out 10.2 batters per nine while walking just 2.9. He made 14 appearances in AAA in 2012 and had a 0.90 ERA.

Could he help this team? Almost certainly. Kelley throws relatively hard (his fastball sits around 92-93), has a good slider and throws strikes. His tendency to give up home runs might make him a poor fit for late inning duty in close games, but the Brewers could certainly do worse in middle relief.

It's also worth noting, though, that Kelley has never pitched a full major league season. His 47 appearances with the Mariners last year were a career high, and he's never worked more than 46 innings.

What do I think the Brewers should do? This is a tough one. If the Mariners put Kelley on waivers he'll very likely get claimed before the Brewers get a chance: The entire AL and nine NL teams would have to pass on him for the Brewers to have the top waiver priority.

So, for the Brewers to be certain to get him they'd probably have to work out a trade. I have no idea what the Mariners would want in return, if they'd be willing to give him up for something as small as cash considerations or if they'd want a prospect or major leaguer.

At any rate, if I were Doug Melvin at the very least I'd pick up the phone and ask.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker