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Dodgers News: For Friedman, Clayton Kershaw is a High Priority

For the second straight offseason, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers are technically separate, as Kershaw explores his options in free agency. Last year, the Rangers wooed Kershaw but ultimately the future Hall of Famer chose to come back to the only franchise he’s ever played for.

The Rangers figure to pursue the native Texan pretty strongly again this offseason, but Dodgers president of baseball operations says bringing Kershaw back is a top priority for the team.

Even just from a practical standpoint, the Dodgers have some question marks in their starting rotation, with Kershaw, Tyler Anderson, and Andrew Heaney all hitting free agency this week. Julio Urias is a mainstay, Tony Gonsolin will be there if he’s fully healthy, and Dustin May will be there if he can find his command and consistency as he fights his way back from Tommy John surgery. The veteran leadership of Kershaw — who, oh yeah, by the way, is still really good — would be huge for the team even with the assumption that he won’t be able to give them 33 starts.

Then you get into the emotional side if things, where Kershaw has a chance to spend his entire Hall of Fame career with the Dodgers. He’s the franchise leader in career strikeouts and could get to 200 wins and 3,000 strikeouts with another year or two in L.A. Clayton Kershaw is the Dodgers, and it would be wrong for him to wear any other uniform.

That’s why Friedman says “things just feel more right” when Kershaw is a Dodger.

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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’s going home to the Rangers. Too injury prone and wants to be closer to his family.

  2. Like I posted on another article; I still am believing he comes back . The 200 win plateau as a Dodger. 209 Dodger wins record ( Big D) could be crossed next year. And the 3000 strikeout mark is on the horizon for the following year. There is an outside chance if Clayton starts 30 games. His family does count heavily. But I am not sure he would ever leave for Texas or anywhere else. He is a Dodger at heart.

    1. He always get injured. Too risky. I appreciate everything that he has done for us, but it’s time to move on.

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