Clayton Kershaw Returning to Dodgers

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Apr 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) on the mound in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The rich get rich richer.

The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are in agreement on a new contract, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports.

The specifics are unknown and the club has not confirmed the move, but it’s expected to be finalized pending a physical that is scheduled for Thursday.  The season will be Kershaw’s 17th with the Dodgers, but he probably won’t pitch until the second half after undergoing shoulder surgery in November.

Although there was speculation that he might also consider signing with the Rangers, there was nothing to indicate that the two sides met.

Kershaw, who turns 36 in March, was generally excellent when healthy  in 2023. He finished 13-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 24 starts, and provided stability to a starting rotation depleted by injuries.

He joins Tyler Glasnow, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Walker Beuhler, Bobby Miller and James Paxton in an already stacked Dodgers rotation.

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