The Dodgers are likely going to lose a couple of big names this offseason. After successfully keeping the core guys together for a good number of years, chances are that a few key pieces are moving on in free agency.
And as sad as it might be, Clayton Kershaw could very well be one of those guys. He’s been in the Dodgers organization since they drafted him out of High School back in 2006. He debuted in 2008 and has since become one of the greatest pitchers of his generation.
But heading into his age 34 season, Kershaw is going to be a free agent. Dodgers President of Baseball Operations spoke earlier about that and what it might mean to bring him back. For Friedman, there is something nostalgic about making him a Dodger for life.
What he’s meant to this organization and this city, I think again, from his standpoint it’s all about what makes the most for him and Ellena and their family. I think there is something, taking off my President of Baseball Operations hat, there’s something nostalgic and great about Kersh playing with one team. Being able to win another championship, and having a parade. That being said, he’s put himself in this position to go out and do whatever makes the most sense for his family, and we support him in that.
Dodgers fans almost universally agree that they want Kershaw back. But with his age and ending the season with an arm injury, it’s obviously a gamble, as most arms are. That doesn’t change the fact that they want him back in Los Angeles.
Teh biggest questions all remain on Kershaw’s side of things. The Dodgers hurler is very family-oriented, and he might consider going back home to Texas to play. Alternatively, he could also give some thought to retiring from baseball altogether, though many believe that won’t happen.
But you can’t help but feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy inside thinking of Clayton Edward Kershaw as a lifetime Dodger.