It’s been three weeks since the news broke that Clayton Kershaw would be returning for a 16th season with the Dodgers. Since then, it’s basically been radio silence, and Kershaw’s contract with L.A. still isn’t official.
MLB.com beat writer Juan Toribio put out a call for mailbag questions on Twitter, and Brenden asked what we all want to know:
What’s going on with Kershaw?
— doyers por favor (@doyersporfavor) November 30, 2022
Toribio’s answer in his newsletter is reassuring:
It is strange that Kershaw’s re-signing hasn’t become official, but I’m told nothing is wrong. It’s just a delayed physical. The veteran left-hander will be a Dodger next season.
There’s no real reason to rush the signing, other than to make fans feel better. If Kersh and the team are both 100% sure he’s returning, that’s all that matters. You could even make a case that they should wait until the start of spring training to finalize the signing to save a roster spot, placing Walker Buehler on the 60-day IL once spring training starts and replacing him with Kershaw, but the team currently has quite a bit of flexibility on their 40-man roster so that might not be a concern.
Either way, it’s good to hear confirmation that Kershaw will, indeed, be back in blue in 2023. Let the future Hall of Famer enjoy his holiday season and get the contract done whenever it’s convenient.
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