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Clayton Kershaw nearing return, Justin Turner is a free agent

Kershaw reportedly back for a 16th season

MLB: JUL 15 Dodgers at Angels Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

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