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Andrew Friedman talks offseason moves at GM meetings

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Clayton Kershaw, Joe Kelly, and Kenley Jansen were all topics of conversation.

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Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman shed some light on the team’s offseason mindset during general manager meetings yesterday.

Friedman said that Clayton Kershaw, who is still recovering from a left elbow injury, was not extended a qualifying offer like teammates Chris Taylor and Corey Seager to allow the ace pitcher more time to evaluate his options.

“I think just with our respect for him and for what he’s done for this organization, that wasn’t something that we wanted to do and put him on that kind of clock when he wasn’t ready for it,” Friedman said. “If he wants to come back, we will absolutely work together to make that happen. If he doesn’t for whatever reason, that’s his right. He is going to drive a lot of what he wants to do next year.”

Kershaw is expected to be ready for action by Opening Day.

Friedman’s comments on closer Kenley Jansen followed a similar theme, noting that Jansen would be welcome back on the team if he chose to remain with the Dodgers.

As for Joe Kelly, his time on the Dodgers may not be done yet. Though his club option was declined, Friedman expressed a strong desire to work out a new deal.

“Joe is one of a kind,” Friedman said. “He’s another guy that we’ll very much be in the mix for.

Juan Toribio at MLB.com has more on Friedman’s comments. Oh, and Dave Roberts? Bill Plunkett at the OC Register reports that no one seems too worried about his contract.

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