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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Clayton Kershaw addresses latest injury concern

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Clayton Kershaw has had some nagging injuries in recent seasons, so you can understand why Los Angeles Dodgers fans were alarmed to hear that he is being shut down indefinitely after a bullpen session this week that did not go well. However, the left-hander insists it is not time to panic.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Friday that Kershaw “just didn’t feel right” after his Wednesday bullpen session. That immediately made people think of his balky back, but Roberts says the discomfort is not related to that.

Kershaw later spoke with the media, and he did not confirm nor deny that his back is bothering him. He instead downplayed whatever it is that is bothering him.

Kershaw has not thrown more than 200 innings in a season since 2016, and his velocity was way down over last year. Despite that, he still finished with a 2.73 ERA last season in 26 starts, and the Dodgers felt confident enough in his health to sign him to a three-year, $93 million extension back in November. There’s nothing wrong with playing it safe in February, but any issue Kershaw experiences is always going to lead to injury questions.

Roberts hints that Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day

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Walker Buehler may have emerged as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best pitcher last season, but he still has not surpassed Clayton Kershaw in status.

According to Dodgers.com reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts strongly hinted on Friday that Kershaw will be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Kershaw, 30, went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Buehler had similar numbers for the season but emerged in the second half and postseason as the team’s top pitcher. Based on consistency and career accomplishments, the honor still belongs to Kershaw, though Buehler is coming close to changing that.

Clayton Kershaw motivated to prove doubters wrong with new deal

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Clayton Kershaw will be a Los Angeles Dodger for at least three more seasons, and despite his many accomplishments, he has a lot of motivation to do even more.

The 30-year-old left-hander is well aware that some have argued that he’s a pitcher in decline, and he wants to put that speculation to rest now that his future definitely lies in Los Angeles.

Kershaw hasn’t been able to avoid the disabled list for three seasons running, and his record of underwhelming playoff performances continues to dog him, unfairly or not. Kershaw has shown his dedication to the Dodgers by taking a small pay cut, and he’ll want to stay healthy and pitch well in the playoffs to prove his worth.

Dodgers reach new three-year deal with Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw will remain a Los Angeles Dodger.

The veteran left-hander agreed to a three-year, $93 million deal with the Dodgers. That works out to $31 million a year, plus even higher bonuses.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted, this is actually a drop in Kershaw’s average annual value, but he gets an extra guaranteed year and can easily reach it again with incentives.

The expectation had always been that Kershaw would stick with the Dodgers. That is precisely what has happened. The 30-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts in 2018.

Report: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw optimistic about new contract

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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.

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.

Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw extend contract option deadline until Friday

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw’s representatives seem to be working in good faith regarding the pitcher’s contract situation with the team.

Kershaw had three days after the end of the World Series to make a decision on whether he would terminate his existing contract, which has two years and $65 million remaining. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the two sides have agreed to extend the option deadline until Friday.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported early on Wednesday that most around the league expect the two sides to work out an extension.

Morosi further reported that the Dodgers appear interested in retaining Kershaw.

Kershaw turns 31 in March. The southpaw has spent his entire career with the Dodgers since being drafted by the franchise in 2006. Despite his postseason shortcomings, Kershaw has won three Cy Young Awards and has been a huge part of the team’s success this decade.

The fact that Kershaw did not know the exact details of his option seemed to signify he didn’t have much interest in leaving the team. It seems as if that feeling is mutual.

Clayton Kershaw did not know details about his contract option

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Clayton Kershaw has a major decision to make, and he won’t have much time to figure things out.

Kershaw only has three days to decide whether he will opt out of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Less than two weeks ago, Kershaw thought he had 10 days after the World Series to make a decision and only recently found out he has three days.

Perhaps that’s a sign that the career-Dodger was much more focused on the postseason rather than making plans to leave the team.

Kershaw signed a 7-year, $215 million contract before the 2014 season. The contract called for an option to terminate his contract after 2018. What Kershaw needs to decide is if he wants to play out his existing contract, in which he is set to make $65 million, or opt out and test free agency. He could likely earn more total money in free agency, but perhaps it would be for less annually compared to the $32.5 million he is set to earn each of the next two years.

Another possibility is that the Dodgers and Kershaw agree to a reworked contract that extends his time with the team for an amount of money that satisfies both parties. Kershaw was drafted by the Dodgers in 2006 and has played his entire career with the team.