Rob Refsnyder, Jose Pirela to compete for Yankees’ second base job

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John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees GM Brian Cashman plans, at the moment, to have Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela compete for the starting second base job in spring training. The Yankees may still go after a free agent, such as Asdrubal Cabrera, to fill the void, but if spring training started today, Cashman would use his internal options.

Refsnyder, 23, had a fantastic 2014 season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting an aggregate .318/.387/.497 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 577 plate appearances. Baseball Prospectus recently rated Refsnyder as the Yankees’ sixth-best prospect.

Pirela, 25, made his major league debut in late September and performed well, batting .333 (including a double and two triples) in 25 plate appearances. With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he posted a .792 OPS with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 581 plate appearances.

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.