C - DET
The Detroit Tigers have exercised their $3.5 million club option for the 2024 season on catcher Carson Kelly.
Kelly was cut loose by the D-backs mid-season and continued to struggle with the Tigers. He hit just .173 with one homer in 59 plate appearances with Detroit but his solid defense and lack of big-league-ready catching options in Detroit has led to the club picking up its option on the veteran backstop.
Tigers catcher Carson Kelly is back on the bench Wednesday versus the Royals.
Kelly went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Tuesday's series opener but will return to the bench on Wednesday. Kelly continues to struggle at the plate, hitting just .178 with one homer across 17 games since joining the Tigers.
Tigers catcher Carson Kelly is in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Royals.
Kelly got the afternoon off on Sunday but will return to the lineup out of the nine-hole on Tuesday. After struggling early in the season with the D-backs, Kelly hasn't been much better with the Tigers, hitting .182 with one homer across 49 trips to the plate.
Carson Kelly had a solid performance in Friday's game against the Athletics, hitting a home run and driving in two runs.
Despite the loss, Kelly's power at the plate was on display as he continues to provide some pop for the Tigers. With 46 games played this season, Kelly's batting average sits at .214 with two home runs and 11 RBI. While his overall numbers may not be eye-popping, his ability to drive in runs and hit for power make him a valuable option in deeper fantasy leagues in need of catching help.
Tigers catcher Carson Kelly is not in the starting lineup Thursday versus the A's.
Kelly started Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored but will take a seat for Thursday's series opener in Oakland. The veteran backstop has hit just .179 without a homer across 42 plate appearances since joining the Tigers this season.