Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to deal

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers wasted no time because the possible Hall of Famer will return for a sixteenth season as the 2 sides are closing in on a one-year deal, sources instructed on Thursday.

The phrases of the deal are nonetheless being mentioned. The membership has not confirmed the transfer.

The Dodgers did not lengthen Kershaw a qualifying offer earlier than Thursday’s deadline, however president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made it clear that bringing the left-hander again was “a precedence” for the workforce this offseason. A number of hours into free company, Kershaw’s free company got here to an finish.

“Things simply really feel extra proper on this planet when Kershaw is sporting a Dodgers uniform,” Friedman mentioned throughout the General Managers Meetings in Las Vegas. “That’s simply the way it lands with us, however we could not respect extra him and Ellen going by means of this course of.”

Last winter, Kershaw’s future was way more unsure. Kershaw did not decide up a baseball till January after ending the season on the injured record with a forearm harm. His three choices have been to play for the Dodgers, be part of the Rangers to be able to keep near his household or retire within the occasion his forearm did not heal in addition to he hoped.

Before the tip of the 2022 season, Kershaw confirmed he needed to play not less than one other season. He’s going to signal one-year offers for the remainder of his profession, protecting his choices open. There was an opportunity he may signal with the Rangers, however with the way in which the Dodgers performed throughout the common season, Kershaw needed to return.

The Dodgers did not supply Kershaw a qualifying supply as a result of they did not need to rush his choice. But Kershaw was able to be again with the Dodgers, the one place he is often called a giant leaguer. Once Kershaw takes the mound subsequent season, he’ll turn into the second Dodger to pitch 16 seasons with the group, becoming a member of Hall of Famer Don Sutton, who additionally performed elements of 16 seasons in LA.

Kershaw was one of the crucial efficient pitchers within the National League final season, going 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA over 22 begins. He made his ninth All-Star workforce and began the Midsummer Classic for the primary time in his profession at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander missed two months as a consequence of a pair of again accidents, one thing Kershaw should monitor for the remainder of his profession.

Adding Kershaw this early within the offseason offers the Dodgers extra clearance on what their beginning pitching scenario will appear like subsequent season. Julio Urías, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin are the opposite three starters within the rotation. Ryan Pepiot, Michael Grove, Gavin Stone and Bobby Miller will all function depth choices.

Friedman mentioned including beginning pitching was “very” excessive on the agenda. They acted rapidly and Kershaw stays residence for not less than another season.

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