Merrill Kelly

Arizona Diamondbacks, Starting Pitcher
Age: 35-261d (Oct 14, 1988)
Exp: 5 Years
Country: US
College: Arizona State
Drafted: Round 8 (#251 overall), 2010
Agent(s): Apex Baseball
2024 Payroll Salary

$8,500,000

2024 Cash

$8,000,000

Career Earnings

$29,611,111

2023-2025 Extension (CURRENT)

Merrill Kelly signed a 2 year , $18,000,000 contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, including $1,000,000 signing bonus, $18,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $9,000,000. In 2024, Kelly will earn a base salary of $8,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $8,500,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $18,000,000
Average Salary:
$9,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$1,000,000
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2023 34 $8,500,000 $9,000,000 3.86% $8,000,000 $8,000,000
2024 35
$8,500,000 $9,000,000 - $8,000,000 $16,000,000
2025 36
Club
$7,000,000 $7,000,000 - $1,000,000 $17,000,000
2026 37
UFA
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Signing Proration Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2023 34 4.000 $8,000,000 $500,000 - - $8,500,000 $9,000,000
2024 35 5.000
$8,000,000 $500,000 - - $8,500,000 $9,000,000
2025 36 -
Club
$7,000,000 - - - $7,000,000 $7,000,000
2026 37 --
UFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2023 34 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $5,666,667
2024 35
$8,000,000 $8,000,000 $16,000,000 $8,000,000 $4,500,000
2025 36
Club
$1,000,000 $1,000,000 $17,000,000 $5,666,667 $1,000,000
Contract Notes
  • 2025 Club Option includes a $1M buyout
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2019-2022 Free Agent

Merrill Kelly signed a 2 year , $5,500,000 contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, including $5,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,750,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $5,500,000
Average Salary:
$2,750,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2010-2010 Signing Bonus

Merrill Kelly signed a 1 year , $125,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, including $125,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $125,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $125,000
Average Salary:
$125,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$29,611,111

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2019 30
Active
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
2020 31
Injured
$1,111,111
$3,111,111
2021 32
Active / Club Exercised
$4,250,000
$7,361,111
2022 33
Active / Club Exercised
$6,250,000
$13,611,111
2023 34
Active
$8,000,000
$21,611,111
2024 35
Injured
$8,000,000
$29,611,111
Total      
$29,611,111
$29,611,111
2025 36
Active / Club
$1,000,000
Total
$30,611,111
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2019
30
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
2020
31
$1,111,111
$1,111,111
$3,111,111
2021
32
$4,250,000
$4,250,000
$7,361,111
2022
33
$5,250,000
$1,000,000
$6,250,000
$13,611,111
2023
34
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$21,611,111
2024
35
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$29,611,111
Total
$28,611,111
$1,000,000
$29,611,111
$29,611,111
2025
36
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
Total
$29,611,111
$1,000,000
$30,611,111

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
6 $28,611,111 $1,000,000 - $29,611,111

Injuries

Year Dates Reason
2020 ARI Aug 24, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020 Shoulder
2021 ARI May 04, 2021 - May 07, 2021 Undisclosed
2021 ARI Aug 15, 2021 - Sep 15, 2021 COVID-19
2023 ARI Jun 27, 2023 - Jul 25, 2023 Calf
2024 ARI Apr 20, 2024 - TBD Shoulder
  • Apr 01, 2022 Signed a 2 year $18 million contract extension with Arizona (ARI) - includes 2025 club Option
  • Nov 04, 2021 Arizona (ARI) exercised a $5.25 million option for 2022
  • Nov 01, 2020 Arizona (ARI) exercised a $4.25 million option for 2021
  • Dec 04, 2018 Signed a 2 year $5.5 million contract with Arizona (ARI)
  • Jun 10, 2010 Signed a contract with Tampa Bay (TB)
  • Jun 07, 2010 Drafted by Tampa Bay (TB): Round 8 (#251 overall)
Year Team GP GS H R ER BB K HR W L SV IP ERA WHIP WAR
2024 ARI 4 4 17 6 6 6 21 3 2 0 0 24.7 2.19 2.19 0.79
2023 ARI 30 30 143 71 65 69 187 20 12 8 0 177.7 3.29 3.50 3.89
2022 ARI 33 33 167 77 75 61 177 21 13 8 0 200.3 3.37 2.74 3.77
2021 ARI 27 27 163 82 78 41 130 21 7 11 0 158.0 4.44 2.34 -0.16
2020 ARI 5 5 26 9 9 5 29 5 3 2 0 31.3 2.59 1.44 1.28
2019 ARI 32 32 184 95 90 57 158 29 13 14 0 183.3 4.42 2.80 -0.58
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