The Red Sox have their sights set on Pablo Sandoval

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Jon Heyman says that the Red Sox have their eye upgrading third base:

The Red Sox, in need of third base production, are prioritizing Giants postseason hero Pablo Sandoval as well as Chase Headley, according to people in the know. Boston may also take a look at Aramis Ramirez, if he become a free agent, though he is said to fit below Sandoval and Headley. Ramirez is believed to prefer a return to Milwaukee.

It makes sense that they’d want to upgrade third base given the woeful production they got at the hot corner in 2014. Indeed, Sox third basemen hit a combined .211/.271/.308 this year. Not gonna get it done.

That said, you have to think the Yankees are going to want to hang on to Headley if they can because it’s not like anyone with a brain would count on A-Rod being healthy and effective and durable next year. As for Sandoval, his postseason heroics have been nice, but he’s probably going to be overpaid no matter where goes and, of course, will likely have draft pick compensation attached to him by virtue of the Giants giving him a qualifying offer.

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.