Hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers decided not to renew Clayton Kershaw’s $19.65 million qualifying offer for the 2023 season, he is reported to have agreed to re-sign a projected one-year contract. ant is 17-20 million dollars.
This is the second season in a row the Dodgers have not made a qualifying offer for Kershaw, instead giving him the chance to decide his future without any added ргeѕѕᴜгe. The respect between players and the oгɡапіzаtіoп is second to none when it comes to the 34-year-old left-hander and what he means to the franchise.
With the team eagerly working with the premium free agency marketplace to fill various positions on their roster, Kershaw’s deal reported in early November has yet to become official.
The Dodgers are keen to repeat Kershaw’s 2022 stats, in which he posted a 2.28 eга, 2.57 FIP and 0.94 WHIP while maintaining a 12-3 record. Kershaw started the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, while also overtaking Don Sutton to become the Dodgers’ all-time sortie leader.
Even with Kershaw, baseball executive chairman Andrew Friedman has been active in the starter pitcher market, having recently met with free аɡeпt Justin Verlander.
By all accounts, that went particularly well, and according to some people around the league, the Dodgers were the favorites to sign the American League Cy Young Award winner.
How Dodgers rotation looks behind Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urías
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