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Dodgers Haven’t Decided Whether to Extend Qualifying Offer to Clayton Kershaw

When Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit free agency after the 2021 season, he was coming off a season-ending elbow injury that had him spending some of the offseason actually contemplating retirement. When the deadline came to decide whether to make Kershaw a qualifying offer, the future was so up in the air that, out of respect to Kershaw, Los Angeles decided not to make a qualifying offer.

Kershaw eventually re-signed with L.A. and had an outstanding 2022 season, and now he’s once again a free agent. And because they didn’t make him a QO last year, the Dodgers now once again face the decision of whether to offer it this year. (A player can’t receive a QO more than once in his career, so Kershaw would have been ineligible to receive one this year if they’d offered it last year.)

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Tuesday the team still hasn’t decided whether to QO Kershaw this offseason.

With Kershaw fully healthy, a QO might actually be a good way to put just a little pressure on Kershaw for the Dodgers, who can’t really afford to wait all offseason for him to decide like they did last year. Friedman said starting pitching will be a top priority for the team this winter, and they’ll need to know sooner than later whether Kershaw is coming back so they can make other plans if he doesn’t.

Friedman said it wouldn’t feel right for Kershaw to not be a Dodger, and hopefully Kersh and his family agree.

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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. Thank you Kershaw for the 60 game WS championship. You’ve been a grat Dodger. Add that 19.5 million to a 3 year deal for Rodon and see if we can win a 162 game World Series.

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