Report: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw optimistic about new contract
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw gave a strong indication that they do not intend to part ways when they extended the deadline for the left-hander to make a decision on his contract option, and that remains the case with the new deadline looming.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, both the Dodgers and Kershaw genuinely want the pitcher to remain with the team. Even if the new deadline of 4 p.m. EST on Friday passes without a deal, that does not necessarily mean Kershaw will test free agency.
#Dodgers remain optimistic of reaching new deal with Kershaw, with one source maintaining both sides really want it to happen. Keep in mind an agreement is NOT necessary by 4e/1p. Talks can continue even if Kershaw opts out, though at that point other teams will enter mix.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 2, 2018
Kershaw will turn 31 in March. He would make $65 million over the next two seasons if he chose not to opt out of his current deal, which sounds like excellent money for a pitcher whose velocity has been down and has not pitched well in the postseason. In all likelihood, the Dodgers are trying to work out a new contract with him where he gets more years at a lower annual salary.
Kershaw’s lack of knowledge about his own contract option was a good indication that he does not want to leave LA, which is where he began his career when the Dodgers drafted him in 2006.