Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers agree on a deal for 2023. The deal is reportedly in the 20 million dollar range.

The Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Kershaw before free agency began, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman made it clear bringing back the 34-year-old was a “top priority.”

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Photo courtsey of Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

“Things just feel more right in the world when Kershaw is wearing a Dodgers uniform,” Friedman said during this week’s GM Meetings in Las Vegas. “That’s just how it lands with us, but we couldn’t respect more him and (wife) Ellen going through this process.”

Even though injuries and missed time have to be factored in when accounting for Kershaw’s value at this point in his career, the 2014 NL MVP remains dominant.

Kershaw finished the 2022 campaign with a 2.28 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 137 strikeouts in 126.1 innings over 22 starts. He has missed time every year since 2016, with the exception of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.

Clayton Kershaw Agrees to New 1-Year Contract Worth Close to $20M. Photo courtsey of Christian Petersen/Getty Images


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