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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Is On the Fence About Returning Next Season

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.

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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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. Do I like being on the mound and in the dugput with a team that wins most of the time or loses most of the time? What would my record be if the offense put up fewer runs and not as good defense? Doesn’t matter, my wife likes those other schools better. Bye, bye!

  2. Leave Clayton. I wish you’d stay, but seeing how this team performed in the playoffs, and how their propeller headed manager made decision making mistakes as if he was on roller skates, who can blame you.

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