Yankees sign Cliff Pennington

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The Yankees, beset by injuries and in desperate need of some depth, signed some depth today: infielder Cliff Pennington.

Pennington will go to Triple-A and stand ready to, if the past week is a sign of things to come, fill in once more Yankees injuries occur. It should not take him too much time to be ready, of course, as he had a full spring training with the Athletics before being cut after their Tokyo trip but before the regular season got properly underway last week.

Pennington, a shortstop for most of his career, is basically a utility guy who can play all four infield positions and can spot you in the outfield if you need him to. He even pitched an inning in 2018. He spent last season with the Reds and Rangers, paying 16 games in Cincinnati and the rest of the season on the two organizations’ Triple-A teams.

Pennington is not going to give you anything with a bat. You sign him so the ball doesn’t roll through the infield for lack of warm bodies and everything else is gravy.

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 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.