The Yankees could have a familiar face back in uniform soon, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club interviewed Willie Randolph for a coaching position at some point.
It’s unclear which position Randolph interviewed for, but the Yankees have yet to name a new hitting coach or a first base coach. It’s worth noting that the former first base coach, Mick Kelleher, was also the infield instructor. Randolph could be a good fit for that, especially with a number of younger players likely to play up the middle this year.
Randolph played with the Yankees from 1976-1988 and was a coach with the club for 11 seasons after his retirement. He left the organization in November of 2004 when he was hired to manage the Mets. Since being fired in 2008, he has worked as a bench coach with the Brewers (2009-2010) and a bench coach/third base coach with the Orioles (2011).
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.