Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers closing in on one-year contract

Clayton Kershaw is nearing a one-year cope with the Dodgers that’s just like the $17-million contract he signed earlier than final season, based on two folks acquainted with negotiations however not approved to talk publicly about them. The deal is predicted to be finalized over the subsequent few days.

The Dodgers declined to increase the three-time Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner a $19.65-million qualifying supply by Thursday’s 2 p.m. PST deadline, however the left-hander is opting to stay in Los Angeles reasonably than testing the free-agent market or pitching for his hometown Texas Rangers.

“Things just feel more right in the world when Kershaw is wearing a Dodgers uniform,” Andrew Friedman, the workforce’s president of baseball operations, mentioned at this week’s common supervisor conferences in Las Vegas. “That’s just how it lands with us. But we couldn’t respect more him and [wife] Ellen going through this process.”

Kershaw, 34, was sidelined twice by lower-back accidents this previous season, however when wholesome he stays one among baseball’s finest pitchers. The 15-year veteran went 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 22 begins in 2022, placing out 137 and strolling 23 in 126 1/3 innings. It was his lowest full-season ERA in 4 years.

Kershaw, who lives within the Dallas suburb of College Park and is a detailed buddy of Texas common supervisor Chris Younger, was a free agent for 4 months final winter.

He thought-about taking part in for the Rangers earlier than finally signing a one-year, $17-million pact with the Dodgers, citing the possibility to win a second World Sequence as the largest issue.

The Dodgers fell quick in that bid for a title, shedding to the San Diego Padres in a four-game NL Division Sequence, however Kershaw can be again in Los Angeles once more in 2023 to proceed his Corridor-of-Fame-worthy profession and be a part of what the Dodgers hope is one other championship-caliber rotation.