Rangers sign Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal

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Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake announces on Twitter that the club has signed outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Schierholtz will earn a $1.75 million salary should he make the major league roster.

Schierholtz, 31 on February 15, spent last season with the Cubs and Nationals, finishing with an aggregate .195/.243/.309 slash line along with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 383 plate appearances. Overall, though, he’s typically been much more productive with the bat and is regarded as a decent defensive player.

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.