It looks like the longest-tenured Dodger will remain with the team after all. Friday’s Leading Off with True Blue LA podcast covers a busy transactional day for the Dodgers, capped by Clayton Kershaw closing in on a one-year deal to return to Los Angeles for a 16th season.
Kershaw didn’t receive a qualifying offer before Thursday’s deadline, which was ostensibly as a courtesy to him, but it also makes more sense if a new deal was pending. But on Thursday, Trea Turner and Tyler Anderson did receive qualifying offers, which is a one-year, $19.65-million carrot. Anderson seems like a real possibility to accept, which will be decided by Tuesday, November 15.
Also on Thursday, the Dodgers declined Justin Turner’s $16-million option for 2023, though by all reports would like to bring him back in some fashion. Whether it happens nearly as quickly as Kershaw remains to be seen.
- Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register on Kershaw’s return
- Jack Harris at the Los Angeles Times on Turner, from the GM meetings
- Andrew Friedman on MLB Network earlier this week
- Mookie Betts and Trea Turner won Silver Slugger Awards
- Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest on 40-man roster prospect adds
Episode link (time: 23:10)