The Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with Clayton Kershaw, according to reports

The Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with Clayton Kershaw, according to reports

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Longtime Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was technically heading into free agency, though things never got to the point where he was allowed to sign elsewhere, it appears. Hours after the Dodgers declined him a qualifying offer — speculation indicated it was out of respect to let Kershaw take time on a decision — the player and team reportedly reached an agreement.

The Dodgers and Kershaw have agreed to a one-year deal. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The contract will be $17 million, According to the Los Angeles Times.

Kershaw, 34, has been with the Dodgers organization since they selected him seventh overall out of high school in the 2006 draft. He debuted in 2008, made his first All-Star team in 2011, won the Cy Young the same year, and that was just the beginning. We’ve since seen Kershaw develop into one of the greatest pitchers of a generation and perhaps history. He won three Cy Youngs and one MVP. He is 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA (157 ERA+) and 1.00 WHIP with 2,807 career strikeouts.

Last season, Kershaw was coming off an injury that kept him out of the 2021 playoffs, but he still went 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 137 strikeouts against 23 walks in 126 1/3 innings.

After all, it doesn’t seem right for Kershaw to play for any other team at this point. He’s going into the Hall of Fame with a Dodgers cap, and as long as he wants to pitch, it seems the deep-pocketed Dodgers will give him room to keep him around — including not bothering him with procedural stuff like the qualifying offer.

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