Sunday was the deadline for players to receive qualifying offers. The Dodgers had only three players eligible to receive them. They extended the offer to two.
Chris Taylor and Corey Seager were each offered the one-year deal worth $18.4 million. Missing from the group was free agent Clayton Kershaw, who was eligible to receive one. You know what that means. Time to speculate.
I’m still a firm believer that Kershaw won’t pitch for another organization. I know he has ties to the Texas Rangers due to him being from Dallas, but it’s tough to see Kershaw pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball.
Kershaw missed the entirety of the Dodgers postseason with left forearm and elbow discomfort. The good news was that Kershaw wouldn’t need Tommy John surgery. It’s unclear as to whether or not his injury played a role in him not getting the offer.
If I were to guess, and this is completely speculation from my end, I would think Kershaw and the Dodgers are working on a new deal and they weren’t focused on a one-year contract. Again, that’s just my guess.
If Kershaw were to sign with another team, the Dodgers won’t receive a comp pick for him leaving.
An interesting offseason for Kershaw and the Dodgers certainly just got more intriguing.