Uncertain future for LA Dodgers' Kershaw without extension
While Corey Seager and Chris Taylor received offers, there was none forthcoming for Clayton Kershaw prior to the deadline.
The Los Angeles Dodgers declined to extend a qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw as the veteran ace prepares to enter free agency amid uncertainty over his MLB future.
Kershaw not getting Dodgers extension
Kershaw, who did not pitch in the MLB playoffs as the Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) due to the recurrence of a forearm problem, has spent his entire 14-year career in Los Angeles.
The World Series champion and three-time Cy Young Award winner is a free agent following the conclusion of his three-year, $93million contract with the Dodgers.
While the Dodgers lodged offers to free agent All-Stars Corey Seager and Chris Taylor prior to Sunday's deadline – worth $18.4m for one year – there was none forthcoming for future Hall of Famer Kershaw.
However, the Dodgers are reportedly still keen on bringing Kershaw back to LA for at least one more season as both parties take time to determine the 33-year-old's health.
Kershaw – an eight-time All-Star and 2014 NL MVP – made his debut for the Dodgers in 2008.
In 2021, Kershaw finished with a 3.55 ERA, the worst of his illustrious career since his rookie year (4.26) with the Dodgers.
Kershaw had a 10-8 record this season with 144 strikeouts in 121.2 innings pitched.
Overall, Kershaw has a 185-84 win-loss record with 2,670 strikeouts and a career 2.49 ERA.