The Los Angeles Dodgers had 11 free agents the morning after the 2021 World Series wrapped, and from that pool, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seeger and Chris Taylor considered extending the eligible $18.4 million bid for the 2022 season.
However, the Dodgers ended up offering a one-year contract to Seager and Taylor, both of whom predictably turned it down. Andrew Friedman, head of baseball operations later, explained that the team did not want to put Kershaw under any kind of deadlines because he has recovered from a left flexor tendon injury and is considering his future.
Kershaw has now been given extra time as he remained a free agent during the ongoing MLB shutdown. Although players and team members are not allowed to call, that of course does not apply to their teammates or former teammates.
As such, Kershaw said during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he is somewhat reluctant to take updates from Dodgers Guild representative Walker Buehler:
“I just listen to Walker Buehler, unfortunately. Walker is our player representative so he’s kind of in all the meetings and does all the things. I’ve been that guy in the past. 2011, 2016 when they were going through business deals, I was kind of a dodgy guy. I’ve been through Kind of on the job, so now I’m a little too far, frankly, from the situation. I’m getting updates but as far as today, I didn’t participate this time at all.”
Kershaw’s comments were of course deceptive, as he and Poehler cared about their friendship and time together as teammates. Even as some began promoting Buehler as the new ace Dodgers, he continued to turn that honorary title into Kershaw.
Like Kershaw, Justin Turner previously served as a Dodgers representative, and noted that each player can take a different approach to how much communication they make.
“I think it’s kind of up and down, mixing and matching, depending on who they are,” Turner said, noting that Buehler falls in the middle. “Some guys are really informative and some guys you have to contact for information.”
Supporting Kershaw Stafford in the Super Bowl
It has not been decided whether or not Kershaw’s career will remain in Los Angeles, but he has returned from Dallas to Super Bowl LVI to support childhood friend Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.
Kershaw was thrilled to see Stafford lead the Rams back, and both players now share the link to winning a championship in their 13 seasons.
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