Casey Kelly a long-term fantasy play 

December, 4, 2010

Say what you will about the Padres dealing Adrian Gonzalez for a minor leaguers-only package, but at least they are getting some premium prospects in the deal, assuming it's finalized.

• Casey Kelly didn't have the results on the field many expected while pitching at Double-A this season, with a 5.31 ERA in 21 starts, 81 strikeouts and 35 walks in 95 innings. However, given the fact that the Red Sox acquiesced to his wishes to at least let him try to play shortstop at the start of his pro career (knowing all along that his future was on the mound), and that this was his first full season exclusively as a pitcher, we can cut him a little slack.