Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Expected to Re-Sign with LA, For How Much?

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts appeared on MLB Network’s High Heat and said that he thinks that Clayton Kershaw will re-sign with Los Angeles. Roberts told Alanna Rizzo, “I think he’ll be a Dodger” and that the relationship and comfort level that he and his wife Ellen have with the organizaiton along with Kershaw’s ‘great relationship’ with Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, would lead him to continue his career in Blue.

We discuss Roberts’ comments on the 3-time Cy Young Award winner’s future and if Kershaw is more likely to re-sign with the Dodgers, retire, or sign elsewhere.

Next, we look ahead to next year’s Dodgers starting rotation. LA has two slam dunk, no doubt about it front of rotation starters in Buehler and Urías and then a bunch of question marks.

Will the Dodgers get a deal done to keep Max Scherzer as the team’s number one starter? Does Clayton Kershaw want to continue his career in LA and will the PRP injection he received in his left flexor tendon allow him to regain full-health? Will they be able to turn the recently signed LHP Andrew Heaney into a reliable back end of the rotation guy? When will Dustin May return to the mound after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in early May? What is the plan for the sometimes shaky Tony Gonsolin moving forward?

With questions abound for the Dodgers starting rotation next season, we discuss how LA can best optimize Clayton Kershaw if he does decide to come back.

Plus, former Dodgers manager, Joe Torre, said in a recent interview that Clayton Kershaw, “didn’t like him at first.” We discuss Torre’s comments and look back at Kershaw’s up and down first season in the Bigs.


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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. It would be great to see Kershaw be one of the rares to have his entire career with one team.
    I think Tony Gonsolin is a lost cause, and just not reliable at all to be depended on as a 4-innings-maybe “starter” with that massive Whip.
    There were far too many “bullpen games” for my liking, especially in the postseason which should never happen, and if Max doesn’t re-sign, I think the Dodgers are rather screwed with only 3 pitchers assuming a healthy Kershaw does stay.

  2. Yeah, Justin Turner even said over a month ago that Kershaw wanted to be a one-uniform guy, so…

  3. Kershaw had to change his pitching style in order to be successful, and it seems as if his elbow isn’t holding up to the increase in sliders and curves. In my observation, those platelet injections rarely work, don’t want to write Kershaw off, but whatever you sign him for, relying on him to hold up for an entire season may be a long shot.

  4. Please forgive me for changing the subject. Manfred Mann, the commissioner of baseball, recently stated that MLB is trying to find a “substance” that would allow pitchers to grip the ball better. My question is that if batters are allowed to put a “foreign substance” on a bat (pine tar), why can’t pitchers put a “foreign substance” on a baseball? Once again, I probably have too much time on my hands.

    1. I think the use of pine tar on bats was based on keeping the bat from flying into the stands, safety measures, and doesn’t alter the effect of a swing, where a foreign substance changes the movement of the ball that a pitcher can naturally produce, although some pitchers can naturally do more with a ball than others. A foreign substance on the ball makes it less a natural ability match-up as the batter can only hold the bat one way while the pitcher can alter the ball movement to unnatural extremes.

    2. Imagine Bauer with a legal substance, he would generate even more spin than he already has, and yes, I hope he comes back with a new attitutde towards his teammates and a chip on his shoulder as a pitcher

  5. It would be a huge mistake to get him back. He deserves to be with the Rangers, his hometown team. He has already accomplished his goal.

    1. Deserves should have nothing to do with the decision.

      Can he help the team while in the expected diminished level of play, and will the cost, financial and starts missed, be offset by leadership for the lounger pitchers? His cost must be 75% incentive-based with low guaranteed money. If not, let him pack for Texas with a huge Thank You and Good Luck.

  6. I agree with you Taryn up to a point. However, with no substance on the ball the ball can remain very slick. That poses a real threat to the batter. Now there is a net to protect the fans. Also, fans have been injured much more by batted balls than flying bats. I appreciate your points of view.

    1. With the constant changing of the ball the slickness is more about the pitcher NOT using the rosin bag often enough. Even the ball hit in play is changed after the play is over. Simply not enough use of a ball to get slick, wet enough to be the problem. Look at the pitchers in a game with sweat coming down their arms onto the hands and not using the rosin bag. The only pitcher I’ve seen use it after every pitch was Kenta Maeda.

    2. What in the hell are you talking about? That has nothing to do with whether Kershaw should remain a Dodger or not.

      1. I’m answering a question from Glen. If you don’t understand how the reply system works stay out of the conversation.

        1. Keep your off topic bs out of the article comments. When the site posts an article about it, then that it when it is appropriate to comment. This is hijacking, which is never acceptable in any forum or commentary setting. Stay away from being ignorant.

          1. I replied to you in as nice a manner possible, and I didn’t hijack anything. Now, do the letters f o mean anything to you?

        2. Yes Taryn, resorting to the “letters f o” means you’re 100% b***h because you don’t understand how to not resort to a high schooler that never got their way.

  7. Kershaw haters shut the hell up! If dodgers bring Kershaw back which I hope they do. Whatever they decide to pay him 30 million or 20 million per year so What! It’s not your money they’re using to pay him. I hope dodgers do show some class like Lakers did with Kobe. A lot of people don’t realize that besides being a great pitcher Kershaw has been a great teammate and am sure both Buhler and Urias have learned a lot from Kershaw and Kershaw gives both of them good advice and our other younger pitchers can learn from him too so sign him to at least 3 more years.

  8. Kershaw will get hurt, badly, early. Need surgery and be back with a vengeance in 2024. Whoever signs him this time will lose, whoever signs him following this one will make out like a bandit.

    And don’t ask where I got my M.D.

    1. Except he will be 36 years old by 2024 and far less valuable and desirable because of being injury prone

  9. Mike W.—I agree. Dodgers need to get a thorough medical opinion on the condition and viability of that bothersome throwing left arm (elbow) before considering re-signing Kershaw. It would be risky to sign him
    and presume everything will be all right—too much wear and stress on that pitching arm over his career.
    I doubt the Dodgers F/O will be willing to pay him $20-30mil a year if he’ll just end up in long-term IL.

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