Kershaw has had a lot of his mind the last couple of days after the World Series loss as he had to decide whether or not to opt out of his contract, or perhaps sign an extension with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers remain in ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 games started, which could raise the deal's value to $105 million over three years.
Kershaw signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January 2014 that included the player option to become a free agent after five seasons.
Kershaw, his wife Ellen and their two young children make their offseason home in the Dallas area, and if the Texas Rangers had had a winning season "it would have been something to consider for sure", he said. It's true that those back issues have sent him to the DL in three consecutive seasons, but he's nonetheless remained among the game's most talented arms when on the mound.
The three-time Cy Young victor and former MVP had until 4 p.m. Friday to opt out of the remaining two years of his contract and either test the free-agency waters or agree to a new deal with the Dodgers.
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"I was going to say 'ongoing, '" he joked.
Friedman said the "central theme" of the World Series disappointment was "how much we struggled offensively", which put the bullpen in a vulnerable position.
Kershaw has a career 153-69 regular-season record with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games but it's in the postseason where his numbers drop. The same took place with the 2019 club option for corner infielder David Freese, although that option was declined Thursday and Freese later signed a one-year, $5 million deal, per ESPN and multiple reports.
Roberts has guided the Dodgers to back-to-back World Series.