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Yanks expect Kelley to compete for bullpen spot


TAMPA, Fla. -- Shawn Kelley is expected to arrive in Yankees camp this week after being acquired from the Mariners on Wednesday and will compete for a bullpen role, manager Joe Girardi said.

Kelley, a 28-year-old right-hander, was obtained from Seattle in exchange for Minor League outfielder Abraham Almonte and went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 appearances over three stints with Seattle in 2012.

"He's another power arm, and a guy that has been used late in games," Girardi said. "He's a guy who can give you two innings if you need that, and I think that's important that you have guys that can do different things."

Kelley has a Minor League option remaining, so he could be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if he does not make the team. Kelley's main competition will most likely be with right-hander Cody Eppley for one of New York's seven bullpen slots this spring.

"I think it gives you a healthy competition in that bullpen for some of the spots down there," Girardi said. "He pitched pretty well for Seattle."

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