The Dodgers are considering calling up Julio Urias

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J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reported on Saturday that the Dodgers are considering promoting pitching prospect Julio Urias to work out of the bullpen. Manager Dave Roberts said, “We’re looking through options and Urias is definitely at the top of the list.” Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times added that the club is also considering Jharel Cotton and Jose De Leon, but Urias is “leading discussions.”

Urias, 19, is considered by MLB Pipeline — and many others — to be the Dodgers’ best prospect. MLB Pipeline ranks Urias second among all prospects behind only Lucas Giolito of the Nationals.

In four starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Urias has a 1.88 ERA with a 29/3 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He’s considered to have plus stuff across the board and is believed to be close to major league ready despite still being a teenager.

If Urias does get the call, he would become the first teenager to debut in the majors since 2012 when Dylan Bundy, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Jurickson Profar each made their debuts.

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.