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Dodgers extend deadlines with Kershaw and Freese until Friday

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers mutually decided Wednesday to push the deadline for the decision on Kershaw’s opt-out until Friday at 1 p.m. PT.

The left-hander had until 9 p.m. PT to decide whether or not to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Dodgers. It sounds as though this would give both sides time to work out an extension of some kind.

Back in 2014, Kershaw signed a seven-year deal worth $215 million. The two years left on the contract are worth $65 million. For Kershaw, heading into his age-31 season, could possibly be looking at his last shot at one more large contract.

After the World Series, Andrew Friedman said Kershaw expressed interest wanted to remain with LA. Now the waiting game continues on the details.


The Dodgers have also extended the deadline for the option on infielder David Freese to Friday at 1 p.m. PT. The team holds the option to bring Freese back for 2019 with a reasonable price of $6 million.

The 35-year-old hit .385/.489/.641 in 19 games with Los Angeles after being acquired at the August 31 waiver deadline. Freese was also 8-for-22 in the postseason, including 5-for-12 in the World Series.