Clayton Kershaw has said little to nothing about where he plans to sign once the MLB lockout is over. The longtime Dodgers pitcher is a free agent for the first time in his 14-year MLB career.
Since Kershaw is a free agent in American professional sports, the whispers of signing with his hometown team, the Texas Rangers, have been heard over and over again. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that one of Clayton’s former Dodgers teammates thinks Kershaw-to-Texas is more than a rumor.
“One former teammate of Dodgers three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw believes that he’ll either pitch for his hometown Texas Rangers or retire, and not return to the Dodgers. Kershaw has not publicly provided any clues.”
The anonymous teammate could be anyone, or, could it be shortstop Corey Seager? Seager and Kershaw spent seven years together on the Dodgers and seem to have a mutual respect for one another. Seager signed a massive ten-year, $325M contract with the Rangers prior to the lockout.
Shortly after signing with the Rangers, Seager admitted that he’s had “talks” with “Kersh”.
Still, that’s a lot of speculation from sources, one of which was anonymous, that aren’t Clayton Kershaw.
Plus, during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Kershaw self-reported that he’s actively preparing for the regular season, not getting ready for retirement.
“I’m continuing to prepare like we’re going to start on time, but each day it just seems like we’re getting further and further from that.”
The Dodgers and team president Andrew Friedman have previously stated that if Kershaw wants to return to the Dodgers, the front office will “work together to make that happen”.
Last season, Kershaw started 22 games but missed the bulk of the second half due to an elbow injury.
Time will tell, but where Kershaw ends up signing is anyone’s guess.
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