LOS ANGELES, CA: The Dodgers have reached a new contract agreement with left-handed free agent pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, a long-time Dodgers player, spent the 2023 season sidelined with a shoulder injury, which required surgery. The details of the contract, including the financial terms, have not been disclosed. However, it has been reported that the deal includes a player option for the 2025 season.
Kershaw, who has been with the Dodgers since 2006, has faced challenges with injuries in recent years. Despite this, his performance on the field has remained consistent, with an impressive ERA of 2.55. Although he has not reached 30 starts in a single season since 2015, Kershaw’s quality of play has remained high. He has also been a dominant force in the past, winning four ERA titles and three Cy Young Awards between 2009 and 2015.
Throughout the 2023 season, Kershaw struggled with his shoulder injury and was limited to five innings per start upon his return from the injured list. However, he maintained an impressive 2.23 ERA in the eight starts he made after returning. Despite facing diminished velocity and a lower strikeout rate during that time, Kershaw’s performance remained effective, with opponents unable to score more than three runs in each of those eight appearances.
The Dodgers’ decision to extend Kershaw’s contract comes at a time when their pitching staff faces some uncertainty. With several young pitchers on their roster, including those recovering from injuries, Kershaw’s return in the second half of the season will provide valuable support to the team. Additionally, the Dodgers are already in the highest tier of luxury tax penalization, but they have expressed their commitment to welcoming Kershaw back for his 17th season with the team.
Kershaw’s impact on the Dodgers has been significant, with numerous accolades and a strong track record of success. Throughout his career, he has showcased exceptional skill and a consistent presence on the field, making him a valuable asset to the team. As the Dodgers prepare for the upcoming season, the return of a seasoned player like Kershaw will undoubtedly provide a boost to the team’s pitching rotation.