Woodward: Rangers in contact with Kershaw

November 22nd, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding left-hander , who is a free agent.

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Nov. 22: Could Kershaw head to Texas?
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said on MLB Network Monday that the team has "been in contact" with Kershaw, who is from Texas and knows Woodward from their time with the Dodgers when the latter was a coach. "If he wants to come back to Texas, I'm pretty sure we're going to welcome him there," Woodward said, also highlighting Kershaw's legacy on the mound. The Rangers' rotation ERA ranked 14th in the American League in 2021.

Oct. 8: Has Kershaw thrown his final pitch with Dodgers?
Kershaw told reporters Friday that he received a PRP injection in his left elbow, which means he won’t be available to pitch for the Dodgers this postseason. The veteran believes he’ll be ready by Spring Training next year. The question is, will Kershaw still be a member of the Dodgers when that time comes?

Kershaw is set to reach free agency after the World Series when his three-year, $93 million contract expires. The left-hander signed the deal after the 2018 season. He could have opted out of the final two years on his previous contract to become a free agent that offseason, but he decided to ink a new deal to stay with Los Angeles.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP has never played for another team. Although it would be surprising to see him leave Los Angeles, there’s a greater chance of his Dodgers tenure ending now than there was three years ago.

Kershaw is entering his age-34 season, and while he has remained effective when healthy, he’s six years removed from his last 30-start season and is coming off a year in which he made multiple trips to the injured list with elbow problems. Kershaw has gone on the IL eight times since the beginning of 2016, dealing with injuries to his back, elbow, biceps and shoulder during that span.

Moreover, the Dodgers will have a number of other major roster decisions to make, with Max Scherzer, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Kenley Jansen set to hit the open market as well and Trea Turner heading into his final year of arbitration eligibility.