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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.

Clayton Kershaw has optimistic way of looking at Game 1 loss

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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.

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.

Watch: Clayton Kershaw was already working out at Fenway Park

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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 seems to be big on this sort of visualization. We also saw him do the same thing last year in Houston. It’s even more important now because Kershaw has never pitched at Fenway before.

Kershaw could be the Dodgers’ Game 1 starter against the Red Sox in the World Series despite pitching on Saturday.

Kershaw appeared three times in the NLCS against the Brewers. He lost Game 1, won Game 5, and closed out the victory in Game 7. He is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA this postseason.

Whether it’s Kershaw or Rich Hill, the matchup will feature two southpaws starting. The Red Sox will open with Chris Sale in Game 1.