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Utility player Ty Kelly was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies for cash from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies added some depth with the acquisition of infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays had designated Kelly for assignment, and the Phillies made a cash deal to get him.

With Howie Kendrick on the DL, and the injury appearing worse than originally thought, the Phillies added some depth in the form of Ty Kelly. The 28-year old Kelly was designated for assignment by Toronto, and the two teams worked out a cash deal to send Kelly to Philadelphia. Where the Phillies will assign Kelly still isn't known, but it's possible that he could be with the major league club, giving them some depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Kelly played every position except catcher and pitcher with the Mets Triple-A team in Las Vegas last season. Primarily, Kelly is accustomed to playing shortstop, third base and left field.

After making his major league debut with the Mets last May, Kelly went on to play 39 games for New York last season with a line of 1-7-.241/.352/.345 in the majors. Kelly was initially drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2009 Draft, and has played parts of nine seasons in the minors for the Orioles, Mariners, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Mets. He has twice been traded, once from Baltimore to Seattle for outfielder/first baseman Eric Thames, and then from Seattle to St. Louis for pitcher Sam Gaviglio. In nine major league seasons, he's put together a stats line of 44-405-.280/.381/.380. 

This season, Kelly has played one game in the majors for the Mets, prior to being designated for assignment and eventually placed on waivers. He also played two games for Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization, going 2-for-8 with an RBI.

If Kelly is assigned to the Phillies, the likely odd-man-out would be reliever Mark Leiter. The Phillies purchased the contract of Leiter on April 18th, but he has yet to appear in a major league game with the team, and would likely be optioned back to Lehigh Valley to make room for Kelly.

Ty Kelly career stats
YearTeam/LeagueGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLG
2009 Aberdeen (SS-A) 61 226 31 60 5 1 1 18 3 3 33 29 .265 .357 .310
2010 Delmarva (Low-A) 129 487 68 126 30 6 4 58 5 4 68 81 .259 .352 .370
2011 Delmarva (Low-A) 120 457 63 125 13 0 4 46 11 4 67 63 .274 .369 .328
2012 Frederick (High-A) 76 263 47 91 17 0 9 41 2 3 54 41 .346 .460 .513
2012 Bowie (AA) 46 172 24 53 11 2 1 27 1 0 21 28 .308 .384 .413
2012 Norfolk (AAA) 11 36 3 10 1 0 1 2 1 0 4 3 .278 .350 .389
2012 Combined Stats 133 471 74 154 29 2 11 70 4 3 79 72 .327 .425 .467
2013 Bowie (AA) 72 283 51 80 21 2 1 47 4 2 51 49 .283 .389 .382
2013 Tacoma (AAA) 54 197 34 63 6 1 3 17 3 7 51 41 .320 3456 .406
2013 Combined Stats 126 480 85 143 27 3 4 64 7 9 102 90 .298 .417 .392
2014 Tacoma (AAA) 134 456 81 120 19 2 15 80 11 3 85 96 .263 .381 .412
2015 Memphis (AAA) 79 227 23 46 5 4 2 21 3 3 38 43 .203 .317 .286
2015 Buffalo (AAA) 38 144 16 38 4 0 1 12 0 2 14 10 .264 .331 .313
2015 Combined Stats 117 371 39 84 9 4 3 33 3 5 52 53 .226 .322 .296
2016 Las Vegas (AAA) 81 271 45 89 21 1 2 35 5 6 38 42 .328 .409 .435
2016 New York Mets (MLB) 39 58 9 14 1 1 1 7 0 0 11 9 .241 .352 .345
2017 Buffalo (AAA) 2 8 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250 .333 .375
2017 New York Mets (MLB) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
MLB TOTALS 40 59 9 14 1 1 1 7 0 0 11 10 .237 .347 .339
MiLB TOTALS 903 3227 486 903 154 19 44 405 49 37 524 528 .280 .381 .380
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/25/2017.

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