Dodgers Notes: Kershaw, Bellinger, Turner, Anderson

Despite successful a league-leading 111 video games, the Dodgers will to find themselves looking at the World Series somewhat than taking part in in it, having misplaced the day prior to this’s recreation to the Padres, and bowing out of the NLDS. With the 2022 season now at the back of them, the Dodgers’ entrance administrative center can be tasked with configuring the staff’s 2023 roster.

Nine-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw returned to the Dodgers this previous offseason on a one-year, $17MM contract with incentives, and, as MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk wrote in September, the southpaw is leaning against taking part in within the 2023 season.

Following the day prior to this’s recreation, Kershaw introduced a equivalent intent, telling newshounds that “as of right now, I’d say I’ll play again,” according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. However, the lefty added that “we’ll see what happens. Going home and being around and being a full-time dad changes your perspective on things,” according to Ardaya.

Now a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, Kershaw has been a Dodger his complete occupation. However, the lefty was once closely courted by means of his fatherland Rangers right through the 2021 low season, a staff that can as soon as once more glance so as to add pitching within the low season. Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Rangers have been “willing to give Kershaw more years, more money” along with the danger to “play home games 20 minutes from his house in Dallas.”

The Dodgers have extra keep watch over over what occurs with Cody Bellinger. With three hundred and sixty five days of arbitration eligibility last, the Dodgers can be compelled to make a hard resolution in regards to the 2019 NL MVP.

Bellinger and the Dodgers have shyed away from arbitration this previous offseason, agreeing to a one-year, $17MM contract ahead of the lockout. However, the lefty has but to accomplish at a equivalent degree to his 2019 magical season. This previous season Bellinger slashed .210/.265/.389 with 19 homers in 504 at-bats, making improvements to upon his 2021 season, during which he posted a .165/.240/.302 line, however nowhere with reference to his .305/.406/.629 2019 season.

When requested about Bellinger, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts responded that “it’s difficult” and that he has given Bellinger “a lot of leash because he’s earned it,” according to Ardaya. Importantly, as predicted by means of Matt Swartz’s fashion, Bellinger is predicted to earn $18.1MM in arbitration this wintry weather. It can be arduous for any staff, without reference to payroll measurement, to justify paying that sum to a participant who has hit a collective .203/.272/.376 during the last 3 seasons.

If the Dodgers choose to chop Bellinger, there might be a variety of suitors for the 27-year-old, who slashed .278/.369/.559 during his first 3 Major League seasons.

14-year veteran Justin Turner unearths himself in a equivalent scenario to Bellinger, with the Dodgers retaining a $16MM choice, with a $2MM buyout, at the 3rd baseman. Turner had a sluggish begin to his season, slashing .256/.331/.403 over the primary part ahead of discovering his grove and hitting .319/.386/.503 over the second one part. However, the veteran, who can be 38-years-old subsequent season, ended the season flat, going 4 for twenty-four over his final seven video games and a couple of for 13 in opposition to the Padres.

With the Dodgers opening the 2022 season with an all-time-high $310.6MM payroll and paying just about $47M in luxurious tax, the entrance administrative center could also be compelled to shed Turner’s contract in an try to re-sign different unfastened brokers.

Switching to Dodgers’ unfastened brokers, a couple of All-Stars in Trea Turner and Tyler Anderson sign up for the up to now discussed Clayton Kershaw.

Trea Turner is coming off his 2d All-Star look in as a few years, slashing .298/.343/.466. It is a notch down from his 2021 season, the place the righty posted a collective .328/.375/.536 between the Dodgers and Nationals nevertheless it must now not impact his inventory as a premier shortstop among a strong shortstop magnificence, together with Dansby Swanson and, probably, Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts, pending opt-outs.

Turner just lately suffered a Grade 2 sprain in his proper ring finger, however had detrimental x-rays and felt wholesome sufficient to play within the essential Game 4 of the NLDS. He might be wholesome for Spring Training.

Lefty Tyler Anderson broke out right through the 2022 season after spending his prior six seasons with 4 other Major League Teams. The southpaw pitched to a glowing 2.57 ERA in 178 2/3 innings whilst excelling at proscribing arduous hits (98th percentile in Average Exit Velocity and 98th percentile in HardHit%) and proscribing walks (4.8%).

With Walker Buehler just lately present process his 2d Tommy John surgical treatment and Dustin May just lately getting back from his Tommy John surgical treatment, along with Kershaw probably leaving, the Dodgers can be at the hunt for high quality starters this offseason.

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