Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The future Hall of Fame pitcher agreed to a one-year, $20 million deal to stay with the Dodgers, the team announced Monday. The 34-year-old is coming off another All-Star season in L.A.
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“I mean, just honestly, it just feels great to come back,” Kershaw said via MLB.com. “I just felt like this is where we needed to be. This is where we want to be. It just feels like we’re not done yet, the way we ended up last year it just feels like we’ve got another run on us. So, I’m excited to get back out there.”
The Dodgers’ front office made it a “priority” to bring Kershaw back. According to MLB.com, the superstar had three options on the table regarding his career entering free agency – stay with the Dodgers, potentially join the Texas Rangers to stay close to his hometown or retire.
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He will be entering his 16th season with the Dodgers, becoming the second pitcher in franchise history to reach the mark after Don Sutton.
“You know, it’s no secret,” Kershaw added. “I think every year there’s only two teams that I would ever play for going forward. There’s not a lot of leverage in that, obviously. But we just never felt like we were done. And so we got home, and like you said, I was healthy. I felt good. We took a few days just to be sure. We were like, ‘Hey, we’re home now. What does this feel like?’ But we just didn’t feel like we were done. And [wife] Ellen was on board. She’s excited to get back out there.”
Kershaw was an All-Star for the ninth time in his career last season. He finished with a 2.28 ERA, 137 strikeouts and a 9.8 K/9.
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The Dodgers won 111 games but lost in the National League Division Series to the San Diego Padres.