There was a scary moment in yesterday’s Cactus League game between the Dodgers and Athletics, as back-to-back NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was hit in the jaw by a comebacker. Fortunately, he was fine. He actually stayed in the game, but he got some dental work done after the game.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Kershaw had one tooth extracted and another one repaired. The southpaw stayed at the dentist until 10:30 p.m. local time and could still need another visit in the future to complete the repair. Still, it could have been a lot worse under the circumstances.
Kershaw told Shaikin that his mouth is a little sore after the dental work, but otherwise he’s fine. He’s on track for the season.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.