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Will pitching great Clayton Kershaw remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond this season?
“I don’t know,” the three-time Cy Young winner told Jorge Castillo of the LA Times. “Honestly, I wish I had an answer.”
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall by the Dodgers back in 2016 and has spent his entire career with the franchise. But Kershaw isn’t the only one uncertain about his future. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has admitted the team and Kershaw have yet to discuss a contract extension.
“Obviously, it’s personal for him and (Kershaw’s wife) Ellen,” Friedman said. “But I feel like all is right in the world if he finishes his career, whenever that is, in however many years, as a Dodger.”
Either way, Kershaw is motivated to pitch for the defending champions, at least for this season. Or so it seems.
“I wasn’t as enthused to get back going again, which is a good thing,” Kershaw said of his offseason. “It’s a great problem to have. I think every offseason in the past it’s been, ‘I just want to get this done. I just want to do it, do it, do it.’ And there’s this passion and it just constantly builds and builds and builds. And now the pressure is just because we have a great team and we’re supposed to win. That’s awesome.”