Kelley Optioned to Make Way for Lee
Kelley went eight days without pitching from the 19th to the 27th. Despite having a pretty ERA, his walks are up a bit and his FIP is around what it was on average last year. His slider has also been a bit inconsistent at times. Considering how quickly he shot up through the system to get to the M’s (he has 80.1 innings in the minor leagues, total), there are worse things in the world than having him go down to Tacoma to work on a few things.
Based off the move, one might suggest that the M’s still value Jesus Colome from his spring training performance and aren’t willing to give him up quite yet. Take from that what you will.
Dave adds: Jesus Colome has pitched one inning in the last 18 days. This team does not need seven relievers, and they certainly don’t have seven relievers better than Shawn Kelley. This is just dumb.