Dodgers: Andrew Friedman Hopes to Never See an LA Rotation without Clayton Kershaw
The Dodgers are in a foreign spot. For the first time since before June 20, 2006, Clayton Kershaw is officially not part of the organization. The 2014 NL MVP is a free agent and by all accounts putting serious consideration into his next move. The 33-year-old has a young family that’s getting to a point where uprooting and living in Los Angeles for six-plus months a year is getting more difficult.
In free agency, the assumption is that he’ll return to the Dodgers, retire, or he could possibly sign a deal with his hometown Texas Rangers. Former LA third base coach and current Rangers’ manager Chris Woodward said last week that the two sides had chatted about a potential move to Texas. Woodward also mentioned the idea that Kershaw is at a point where he would probably love to “be able to drop the kids off at school and pitch later that night.”
In a Wednesday interview on MLB Network, Dodgers president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman was asked about the ace left-hander and whether he could ever envision a world where Clayton Kershaw is not in the LA rotation. As always, he chose his words carefully.
I mean selfishly no. From my standpoint, as long as I’m doing this, as long as he’s doing it, I hope that we’re aligned in trying to win the last game of the season. That being said, just the level of respect and appreciation for him and his family, if he gets to a point whenever that something else makes sense, professionally I’ll be bummed but personally, I will obviously get it.
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The Dodgers will let Kershaw take his time to decide his next move. And, the longer he’s out as a free agent, well it doesn’t necessarily mean that the door to a return to Dodger Stadium closes. Moreover, the hurler has also said he wants to take time to recover from the forearm injury that ended his season in September before really beginning to make any decisions.
A world where Clayton Kershaw is not wearing Dodger blue is a tough one to imagine. Let’s hope we never see it.