Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are keeping that trade machine whizzing:
They had a hole at first base and Will Middlebrooks had nowhere to play in Boston, so this makes total sense. Meanwhile, the Red Sox get a catcher in Hanigan who can back up/split time with Christian Vazquez.
Hanigan, a good defensive catcher, hit .218/.318/.324 for the Rays last year. His time in San Diego lasted all of two days, coming over in that 11-player trade with the Nationals and Rays. Middlebrooks hit a dreadful .191/.256/.265 but has shown much better in the past. In San Diego, he will join a lineup that is already heavily right-handed.
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.