Braves are leaning towards bringing back Kris Medlen

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Kris Medlen won’t be ready to pitch when the 2015 season begins as he’ll still be working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the Braves are still leaning towards bringing him back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The nearly $6 million Medlen is projected to earn through arbitration is too expensive for the Braves given his injury, but they would be interested in a reduced contract with incentives.

Medlen, 29, had a fantastic 2013 season, finishing with a 3.11 ERA and a 157/47 K/BB ratio in 197 innings. His return could be one way the Braves deal with the expected loss of Ervin Santana, to whom the club has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer. The Braves could also bring back Brandon Beachy, who is also coming back from Tommy John surgery and is also arbitration-eligible.

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.