The Dodgers are bringing again their longtime franchise ace, agreeing on Friday to a one-year cope with a participant possibility for 2025 with southpaw Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw is returning for his seventeenth huge league season, although he isn’t anticipated to be obtainable till someday subsequent summer season after present process surgery on his left shoulder following the Dodgers’ loss to the D-backs within the NLDS.
One of many biggest pitchers in baseball historical past, Kershaw is a former NL MVP, a 10-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Younger Award winner and a World Collection champion. He owns a lifetime 2.48 ERA, and his 157 ERA+ ranks him second in AL/NL history behind Mariano Rivera (205) amongst pitchers with no less than 1,000 innings.
Though his postseason efficiency has been spotty, most lately permitting six runs whereas recording only one out towards Arizona in Sport 1 of the NLDS, Kershaw has had his share of playoff glory as effectively. The southpaw was instrumental in Los Angeles’ 2020 World Collection title run, recording a 2.93 ERA over 5 begins throughout that yr’s postseason.
Chosen seventh general by the Dodgers within the 2006 MLB Draft, Kershaw has spent his complete profession with L.A., debuting in 2008 and contributing to one of the profitable eras in franchise historical past. With Kershaw main their rotation, the Dodgers have made the playoffs in every of the previous 11 years, successful 10 NL West titles and three NL pennants in that span.
Kershaw was at his absolute apex from 2011-17, making the NL All-Star staff and ending fifth or increased within the NL Cy Younger voting in all seven years. Over 207 begins in that span, Kershaw went 118-41 with a 2.10 ERA (179 ERA+), a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.74 Ok/BB ratio.
The native Texan gained his first NL Cy Younger Award in 2011 and one other two years later. In 2014, he gained his third Cy Younger in addition to the NL MVP Award, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 239 strikeouts over 198 1/3 innings.
Kershaw has managed to stay extremely profitable within the face of accidents and diminished velocity in recent times. Over 133 appearances since 2018, he has gone 66-28 with a 2.77 ERA (149 ERA+), a 1.01 WHIP and a 5.09 Ok/BB ratio.