Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said yesterday that he won’t discuss a long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw until the offseason, saying “Nothing will happen with us and Clayton this season.” Two observations:
1) Given that Kershaw signed a two-year deal before this season for $19 million, why would there be any expectation that they’d do a deal this year? That’s a next year thing, right?; and
2) It’s kind of cute that Colletti implies that he’ll be the general manager when it’s time to sign Kershaw to an extension. Just adorable.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the team’s World Series roster.
Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.
Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.