With the 2018 season in the history books, it’s natural to begin thinking about next season. Of course, if you’re a Dodgers fan; Clayton Kershaw’s future is at the forefront of your mind. Moreover, many Dodgers fans fear that Kershaw’s Sunday night performance in the World Series could be the final time he puts on a Dodgers uniform.
If you put stock in what handicappers think, your fears may not be well-founded. The Dodgers were listed as at -150 favorite to retain Kershaw’s services when the 2019 season begins. Teams such as the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros from Kershaw’s home state were listed second at +375. The Dodgers are an overwhelming favorite to remain the left-handed pitcher’s team.
The full odds are below:
Opening odds for which team Clayton Kershaw will be on for the first game of the 2019 regular season (@BovadaOfficial):
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) October 29, 2018
After Sunday’s game five in Los Angeles, Kershaw spoke on his future. In just a few days, we will learn if Kershaw decides to use his right to opt-out of his current contract in search of a new deal.
We will have more on this situation and everything surrounding it in the days to come.
It’s a great sign – if you are in the ‘keep Kershaw’ camp – that oddsmakers see the Dodgers as an overwhelming favorite to keep him in that beautiful white and blue uniform. Still, anything can happen in the realm of sports. Until Kershaw signs on the dotted line, much speculation will remain in the media. One of the greatest Dodgers in the franchise’s modern history has an uncertain immediate future, so it’s only natural for it to be a lightning rod in both the local and national media. Personally, I believe Kershaw remains a Dodger and do put faith in the odds listed by professionals. What do you think?
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