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Dodgers notes: Clayton Kershaw, Gavin Lux, Dylan Cease

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The Dodgers’ current projected rotation compared to what was displayed last season is night and day. After spending over $1 billion in lucrative contracts for Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, as well as acquiring and extending Tyler Glasnow, the rotation is filled with starters with championship experience and young arms ready to improve off their rookie campaigns to compliment Yamamoto this upcoming season.

Lucrative signings aside, the Dodgers lack a familiar name who had been a stalwart of the rotation since the 2011 season in Clayton Kershaw. The trio of Yamamoto, Glasnow, and Walker Buehler prevents Kershaw from continuing his role as a frontline starter, however, that doesn’t mean the Dodgers haven’t expressed interest in bringing back the team leader in wins, ERA, and innings pitched last season.

Jim Bowden of The Athletic notes that the Dodgers haven’t closed the window for Kershaw to return to Los Angeles.

“The Dodgers have told me they are keeping the door open for a Kershaw return and hope he decides to finish his career as a Dodger.”

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Gavin Lux’s 2023 season prematurely ended well before it was able to begin, but there is good news surrounding his eventual comeback.

Third base coach Dino Ebel appeared on SportsNet LA and shared that Lux’s recovery process is on par and that the shortstop is anticipating to return at the start of spring training.

“He is determined to be ready by spring training games and everything right now is on par... it’s just a matter of time, more mentally than physically.”

The recent signing the Dodgers have made to bolster their rotation has led to decreased interest in White Sox ace Dylan Cease.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic notes that the Dodgers’ trade talks regarding Cease have diminished, mainly due to the signing of Yamamoto and how Michael Busch was a key piece in proposed packages before he was eventually traded to the Cubs.

“Before trading infielder Michael Busch to the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers included him in some of their offers to the White Sox for Cease, according to sources briefed on the discussions. The Dodgers’ interest in Cease was stronger before they signed Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto.”