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Kela to Padres, per reports

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Former Ranger Keone Kela has reportedly agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres

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Keone Kela and the San Diego Padres have agreed to terms on a one year major league deal, per reports. No word on dollars as of yet.

Kela, 27, is a righthanded reliever who was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers out of Everett Community College in 2012. He broke camp with the team in 2015 and had a strong rookie year and a strong 2017, sandwiched around a bad 2016. In 2018 Kela was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates near the deadline for Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later who ended up being Sherten Apostel.

Kela struggled to stay on the mound with the Pirates, and ended up pitching just 2 innings over 3 games in 2020. He will now look to be part of the late inning mix for a Padres team that has been loading up for a big time run in 2021.