Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are “all over” Justin Upton, and speculates what it might get to pry him away from the Braves and to put him in the outfield with Matt Kemp.
He also, correctly, notes that adding Matt Kemp and Justin Upton does not a contender make. If they do take that course — and if they give the Braves the sort of return they want for Upton, which is probably a good, team-controlled pitcher — one has to wonder what in tarnation the Padres think they’re accomplishing.
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 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.