The Mets are considering bringing in the fences at Citi Field once again

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The other day, in the same conversation in which he mentioned that the Mets weren’t going to spend big this winter, Mets GM Sandy Alderson talked about bringing in the fences at Citi Field. Specifically in right-center field.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Mets brought the fences in — they did so prior to both the 2011 and 2012 seasons — but it didn’t really help all that much before. The park got a little more home run friendly, but the offensive environment still favored pitchers overall. Terry Collins was asked about the possibility of the yet unspecified changes to right-center yesterday. He likes the idea:

“I think it’s going to help us a little bit confidence-wise when you get in that batter’s box and say, ‘Hey, look, I can use the field and do some damage here,’ because that’s what a lot of guys in this lineup are paid to do, and that’s get big hits. I think it would be great for us.”

That works both ways, of course, as the opposing team is aided too. In the past several years, Mets hitters simply haven’t been good enough as a group to take as much advantage of those changes as the visitors have. Although it’s probably worth noting that the Mets’ pitching is only getting better and that may neutralize such differential advantages.

Marc Carig of Newsday talks about what potential changes could mean for the Mets this offseason, noting that reducing that distance to right-center could mean improvements for Curtis Granderson and David Wright. And such improvements would help make up for the fact that, no, the Mets don’t plan on spending a lot of money this winter.

Here’s a crazy idea: make the park better for existing players AND get some better players too. Unless those are mutually-exclusive efforts for reasons that aren’t apparent.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus payable on June 30, a salary of $15 million and a hotel suite on road trips.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.