Rays owner loves that Tampa is putting money in the Yankees spring training complex

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Ever hear about some good news happening to someone else and experience mixed feelings? That “wow, I am truly happy for them,” sentiment mingling with “Gah, why don’t good things happen to me?!” No? Just me and other shallow people? Well, be happy then. It happens to a lot of us, even if we’re trying to be bigger, better people.

It even happens to baseball teams. Like the Rays, who are hellbent on getting someone in the Tampa Bay area to build them a new ballpark in a few years. Here is their owner’s reaction to Hillsborough County, Florida plunking $40 million into the Yankees spring training facility:

“Any money going toward baseball in Florida is fine by me,” he said. “It’s about the sport. It’s good for the spot. It shows that Hillsborough is committed to and sees the value of baseball in their midst.”

He was then asked if that money could have been used toward a new stadium for the Rays and he was diplomatic about it. But he sure sounded like people sound when that person they sort of know and respect professionally gets that job they were up for themselves. They are so very, very happy and it is a good thing in general . . . but . . . nothing. No, it’s OK. I’m really, really happy for you.

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.