Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw Nearing Deal

Clayton Kershaw with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017
Clayton Kershaw with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8840430h)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a deal with Clayton Kershaw that would see the former Dodgers star return to Los Angeles, sources close to the matter have stated.

According to reports, Kershaw is expected to sign a contract that is of a similar value to the one-year, $17 million he signed for the team in March following the owners’ lockout. While Kershaw was previously given a $19.65 million qualifying offer, the Dodgers decided to decline it as they did last season as they did not wish to pressure him into a decision.

Kershaw proved to be one of Los Angeles’ topperforming pitchers last season, going 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 126⅓ innings and striking out a total of 137 batters. Such figures were generated despite the 34-year-old player being on the injured list twice due to experiencing lower back discomfort.

Going forward, the future Hall of Famer has decided to sign contracts on a year-on-year basis. The Texas Rangers, the team he grew up supporting, had previously been seen as a threat to him re-signing with the Dodgers for 2023.