3 free-agent relievers available for the St. Louis Cardinals

Miranda Remaklus
John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks to the media before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks to the media before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 17: Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 17: Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Joe Kelly

A reunion for Joe Kelly and the Cardinals could be beneficial for both parties. Kelly still has many fans in St. Louis and he’s looking for an opportunity to continue his career.

Kelly has been using his unique pitching style and intriguing personality to help the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2021, he was 2-0 with with two saves in 48 games in 44 innings. He had 50 strikeouts and has a 33.7% called strike out rate.

Kelly’s pitching arsenal includes a curveball, sinker, change up and a four-seam fastball. Kelly’s curveball averages 87.1 mph with a 62% active spin. The sinker averages 97.7 mph with a 93% active spin. Kelly’s change up averages 86.9 mph with a 98% active spin. The fastball averages 97.5 with a 94% active spin.

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He has induced 58.9% ground balls and would greatly benefit from reuniting with Yadier Molina, as well as  a greatly improved defense from his previous time with the Cardinals.

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