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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw’s Instagram Post Reveals Nothing About Future Plans

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be a free agent again in a few weeks, and at this point we don’t know where (or if) he’ll be pitching next season. He has said he’s leaning towards playing next year and L.A. president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has said he wants Kershaw in Dodger Blue as long as he’s playing, but Dodger fans are looking for clues anywhere we can find them.

Kershaw posted his end-of-season wrap-up on Instagram on Monday, a series of nine photos with a simple message:

“Not the way we wanted it to end but thankful for another year in Dodger blue.”

Scrolling through the photos, it’s just so hard to imagine Kersh ever pitching for another team. You can see his kids playing around on the field at Dodger Stadium, wearing jerseys of the only big-league team they’ve ever known. There’s a photo of him tipping his hat to the Dodger Stadium crowd that has adored him for 15 years. And perhaps most important, there’s a photo of him with Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers legend who has become a mentor and a friend to Kershaw.

The team has changed a lot over the years. Kershaw is the only player who has been around for all 10 playoff teams of this most recent run of NL West success, and the only other player who has been around for even nine of them — third baseman Justin Turner — has at least as many question marks about his future as Kershaw does.

But through all those changes, Kershaw has spent the last 15 years in Los Angeles, going from promising prospect to dominant ace to best pitcher in baseball and eventually down to wisened veteran who can still get the job done on the mound.

There’s just no way he’s ever going to pitch anywhere else.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. He is going to the Rangers. With the way the season ended, if I were him, I would leave and play closer to home. BTW, his kids are so cute.

  2. I think there’s a possibility he stays in LA, but I’m not holding my breath. I think he appreciates having spent 15 years in Dodger blue, wouldn’t mind coming back, but he’s still a Texan playing 15 miles away from home, it’s not like he’s made LA his home. He should be set for life, financially as long as he wasn’t stupid, and I don’t ever recall him being described that way. But he surely has an ego too, as we all do, and probably won’t play for under ?? dollars, regardless of a lack of need. And he probably feels if he can just stay healthy one more year, he could win another Cy Young. And he might, either here or elsewhere. Not likely, but a better shot than 90% of the established big league pitchers.

    I hope he’ll be back, but I’m not counting on it.

  3. Kershaw owes Dodger fans a world series title. He came up small gm2 vs Padres yet again. If he retires nit as a Dodger after winning just one in 10years. This is a disservice to Dodger fans.

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