Clayton Kershaws The 2021 season did not go as hoped. the Swindler icon was sharp when healthy, hitting its best K-BB% (25.3) since 2017, eventually posting a 3.55 ERA in 121 1/3 innings with even better off-field scores. However, Kershaw missed more than two months due to a forearm injury and was only able to return briefly before a recurrence of the same problem obliterated him for the postseason. Asked at his end-of-season press conference if Kershaw would be seen differently from other free agents because of his history at the club, Andrew Friedman, president of the baseball operations, told reporters that it likely will (Twitter link via Juan Toribio from MLB.com):
“Yeah, I think that’s fair,” said Friedman. “Of course he means this organization, the city – from his point of view, I’m interested in what makes sense for him and Ellen and her family. … “I think if I take off my baseball presidential hat there is something nostalgic and great about Kersh playing with a team and winning another championship and holding a parade.”
Noting that Kershaw deserved the right to do what is best for his family, Friedman spoke ardently about the legacy of the left and implied a desire to continue the relationship. Kershaw will reportedly not require an operation, and the Dodgers have an opportunity to make a qualified proposition to the skilled southpaw.
Further information on the looming free agent market for entry-level pitchers …
- There is a “strong” chance that the Giants will push for a multi-year contract to be drawn up to meet it Kevin Gausmann on top of their rotation, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Giants appreciate the chemistry developed during this year’s postseason push and have an interest in maintaining some continuity, which could lead them to explore reunions with everyone from Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex wood. Farhan Zaidi, president of the San Francisco baseball business, has previously stated that rotation is the team’s “top priority” this off-season, given the upcoming vacancies from Gausman, DeSclafani, Wood and. is no surprise Johnny Cueto (whose $ 22 million club option is sure to be bought out for $ 5 million). The Giants have about as much flexibility with payroll as any other team in baseball, which gives Zaidi and his staff countless opportunities to rebuild the rotation in the months to come. It stands to reason that they will be in the market for Gausman, who since launching over 251 2/3 innings in black and orange has an even ERA of 3.00 with excellent strikeout and walk numbers (30% respectively 6.5%) has from 2020.
- Gausman received a qualification offer last winter, making him out of the question in his career. the Giants will have to decide in the coming days whether to offer DeSclafani and Wood a QO of USD 18.4 million. Athletic’s Grant Brisbee believes Club DeSclafani should offer a QO due to the aforementioned rotation uncertainty and payroll flexibility. Signed to a bounceback deal with the Reds after a weak 2020 last off-season, DeSclafani made 31 starts and worked on 167 2/3 innings of the 3.17 ERA / 4.11 SIERA ball last season. However, Brisbee doesn’t expect San Francisco to risk that high annual sum for a QO for Wood. Also a low-cost airline last winter, Wood impressed with 138 2/3 frames with a 3.83 ERA / 3.60 SIERA. Injuries limited the veteran southpaw to just 48 1/3 combined innings from 2019-20, however, and it remains to be seen how much durability concerns may affect Wood’s free agent market this time around.