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Friday, November 02, 2018

Clayton Kershaw contract news

Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

MLB hot stove: Should Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and test free agency?

It has been two days since Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers fell to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. The Dodgers have now lost back-to-back World Series and Kershaw has allowed 16 runs in 26 2/3 career innings in the Fall Classic. Not great.

Offseason deadlines come quickly, so although the World Series just ended, Kershaw has to make an important contract decision this week. Specifically, he has to decide whether to opt out of the remaining two years and $65 million on his contract. The deadline to do so is 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

“I haven’t made the decision yet,” Kershaw said when asked about the opt-out following Sunday’s Game 5 loss. “We have three days to talk, between us and the Dodgers, see what happens. And then we’ll go from there ... I think we’ll have some conversations, for sure.”

Betteridge’s law of headlines rides again.

QLE Posted: October 30, 2018 at 11:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, free agency, opt-outs

Monday, October 29, 2018

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Brewers relief pitcher Woodruff homers off Kershaw in NLCS

It’s always an entertaining thing to see a pitcher hit a home run, and it gets even better in its broader context….

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon woodruff, clayton kershaw, home run

Sunday, October 07, 2018

End Of An Era For Dodgers And Clayton Kershaw, Win Or Lose

It’s not that Clayton Kershaw isn’t the ace anymore. Not necessarily. It’ just that now he’s a little closer to being one of 25 Dodgers than he was before. Which isn’t to say he isn’t a team player. Not at all. It’s just that now, in his 11th season in Los Angeles, he doesn’t have to be the center of his team’s universe. All that matters is 11 postseason wins, no matter how you get them.

Which means, I’d argue, it’s the end of an era for the Dodgers and Mr. Kershaw. A sunset, if you will. There are other reasons, some of them rather obvious—like, Kershaw can opt of his contract in November and exit as a free agent—and I’ll attempt to detail them here. But first a little perspective.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won pennants in 1949, 1952 and 1953, lost famously in 1951 before finally winning the club’s only World Series in New York in 1955, mostly with the same cast of Roy Campanella, Carl Erskine, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe, Pee Wee Reese,  Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. Does it matter that the 22-year-old Johnny Podres was the pitching star of the Series that year, allowing two earned runs in 18 innings, including the decisive Game 7 shutout of the Yankees, after earned run averages of 4.23, 4.27 and 3.95 in three seasons to that point, while the ace nicknamed Newk had a 9.43 earned run average in the seven games? No. What matters is that Brooklyn won it all, finally.

So, what do we make of this argument?

 

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, end of an era

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dodgers president on Clayton Kershaw’s contract: ‘We expect to work together for a long time’

There are a lot of questions about the Los Angeles Dodgers as we head into the final week of the regular season. Can they win the NL West? If not, can they secure a wild-card spot? Are they a good enough team to sneak into the playoffs, get hot and go on a run?

There’s a bigger question hovering around these Dodgers, though, one that’s been there all season and that, in the grand scheme of things, might be even bigger than a wild-card berth.

What’s going to happen with Clayton Kershaw? The Dodgers’ ace, who is in the middle of a seven-year, $215 million contract, can opt out of it after this season. He could hit the open market for the first time in his baseball career and see what it’s like to be wooed by someone not wearing blue. Or he can decide he wants a new contract with the Dodgers. Or he can say, “I’m happy making ~$35 million each of the next two seasons.”

The link includes a link to an interview with Andrew Friedman, for those who wish to hear it.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, clayton kershaw, contracts, dodgers

 

 

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