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.
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.
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.
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.
#Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw “have agreed to extend the deadline on his option decision until Friday at 4 p.m. ET,” the team said tonight. @MLBNetwork@MLB
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported early on Wednesday that most around the league expect the two sides to work out an extension.
Almost all of the educated guesses heard from agents/execs about Clayton Kershaw's situation is that the left-hander and the Dodgers will work out some kind of extension of one or two years, beyond the two years/$70 million he is owed. He has to decide whether to opt out today.
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.
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.
On Oct. 16, Clayton Kershaw said his understanding was he had 10 days after the World Series to decide whether to opt out. He has since learned he has 3 days. He said he expects to talk to the Dodgers in the next 3 days about working out something else.
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.
The Los Angeles Dodgers did not get off to the start they were hoping for in the World Series on Tuesday night, and Clayton Kershaw wonders if that may end up being a good thing.
Kershaw, who took the loss after giving up seven hits and five earned runs in four innings of work, reminded reporters after the game that the Dodgers won Game 1 of the World Series last year. They went on to lose the series to the Houston Astros.
Clayton Kershaw: "We won Game 1 last year and lost the series, so maybe we'll try it out this way, see if we can win one."
Of course, no team wants to start out a series with a loss. That said, Game 1 was hardly a must-win for L.A. The 8-4 loss made Game 2 more important, but the Dodgers knew coming into the series that they needed to split the first two games in Boston before returning home for three.
A bigger concern than being in an 0-1 hole is Kershaw’s continued struggles and the seeming inability of the Red Sox to do anything wrong. Boston manager Alex Cora made a somewhat surprising decision to pinch-hit Eduardo Nunez for a red-hot Rafael Devers on Tuesday, and Nunez rewarded him by breaking the game open with a three-run home run. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on the other hand, made a controversial pitching change that did not work out.
The Red Sox will send David Price to the mound on Wednesday night, and the left-hander is coming off his first career win in the postseason. L.A. is countering with Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Clayton Kershaw was already back to work less than 24 hours after helping the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch a World Series berth.
Kershaw pitched the 9th inning of the Dodgers’ Game 7 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night at Miller Park. A day later, he was spotted working out in the bullpen at Fenway Park in Boston. Kershaw appeared to be doing visualization and mechanics repetition in the pen.
Kershaw could be the Dodgers’ Game 1 starter against the Red Sox in the World Series despite pitching on Saturday.
Dodgers still plan on starting Clayton Kershaw in WS Game 1 after he threw 15 pitches last night, but not definite yet. If not Kershaw, it will be Rich Hill, manager Dave Roberts said. Hill would start Game 1 or Game 4.