The Dodgers’ offseason is just starting. L.A. kept Rich Hill, while Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner’s circumstances remain stagnant.
Clayton Kershaw spoke with Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA about his two ex-teammates. He commended them, but acknowledged there’s a business aspect that could prevent their returns.
“Obviously they’re awesome players … They’ve got a lot of teams wanting them and if I had it my way, I’d sign them all back, but sometimes that’s not how it works. Kenley and J.T., I love them to death and I definitely hope to see them back.”
Kershaw’s politically correct comments are what one would expect: praise both, but don’t go out on a limb to get fans’ hopes up. Kershaw has played with both multiple seasons now, so his comments about keeping them are probably genuine.
Even Yasiel Puig, who has had his share of clubhouse drama, is doing his part.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) December 11, 2016
Jansen’s wedding obviously has delayed his and Turner’s free agency decision. But it’s probably safe to assume Puig and other teammates present were trying to convince them to stay. After all, #LoveForFamily.
Kershaw also talked about the birth of his second child and the return of Rich Hill. The interview can be seen in its entirety here.