The Dodgers weren’t going to offer different groups an opportunity.
MLB free company began Thursday at 5 p.m. and shortly after a number of experiences adopted of future Corridor-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw closing in on a deal to return to the Dodgers for his sixteenth season.
It’s anticipated to be a one-year deal for the veteran lefty.
The Dodgers didn’t prolong a qualifying provide to Kershaw earlier than free company started, however president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made it clear bringing again the 34-year-old was a “prime precedence.”
“Issues simply really feel extra proper on this planet when Kershaw is carrying a Dodgers uniform,” Friedman stated throughout this week’s GM Conferences in Las Vegas. “That’s simply the way it lands with us, however we couldn’t respect extra him and (spouse) Ellen going by this course of.”
Final offseason was extra unsure for Kershaw after ending the season on the IL with a forearm harm. All choices had been on the desk as Kershaw might have thought-about retirement or signing elsewhere. The Rangers, and the prospect to be near his household, had been thought-about by some a chance.
Clayton Kershaw pitching on Oct. 12, 2022.Getty Photographs
Clayton Kershaw within the Dodgers dugout through the NLDS.AP
Kershaw went 12-3 in 2022, beginning 22 video games and accumulating a 2.28 ERA.
“We’ll see what occurs,” Kershaw stated after the 111-win Dodgers had been upset by the Padres within the NLDS. “Going house and being round and being a full-time dad adjustments your perspective on issues. However as of proper now, I’d say I’ll play once more.”
Kershaw will now be solely the second Dodger to play 16 seasons with the group, becoming a member of Corridor of Famer Don Sutton.
Friedman stated beginning pitching was excessive on the Dodgers’ agenda, and retaining Kershaw will hold him in a rotation that features Julio Urías, Dustin Might, and Tony Gonsolin.