Clayton Kershaw is a first-ballot hall of Famer. He is arguably the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time and the greatest pitcher of this generation. The kid from Highland Park, Texas, has poured his heart, blood, sweat, and tears into the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles.
And after 15 years in Dodger blue, we again wonder if this will be Kershaw’s final year with the Dodgers or his last year. If it is, then it was one hell of a ride.
LA Times sports writer Jorge Castillo shared Clayton’s thoughts ahead of this season.
Clayton Kershaw said he thinks he’ll play in 2023 but acknowledged his mind could change being at home during the offseason.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 16, 2022
The veteran had an outstanding season even while battling injury. Kershaw pitched in 22 games, a 12-3 record, 2.28 ERA, 137 strikeouts, and a 0.94 WHIP. He pitched in his most innings this season since 2019.
Kershaw’s contract is coming off the books barring a re-sign. 11 players are on the books for 2023, and the rest of the starting pitchers are on arbitration.
The 34-year-old is still in good shape and proved he can pitch at a high level. If he’s willing to take another pay cut and less or about the same amount of money, then maybe we could see him back in LA.
It all depends on what Kershaw wants as well. Does he want more money, does he want to play at home, or does he want to retire already? Only time will tell.
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