It is a little hard to imagine Clayton Kershaw pitching for any team other than the Los Angeles Dodgers, but if Kershaw still wants to be paid and play for a contender, St. Louis becomes a very real option for the left hander.
Just this year alone, the Dodgers have Kershaw, Trea Turner, Joey Gallo, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, and Craig Kimbrel hitting free agency, alongside some of their young core coming up on new contracts here soon. The Dodgers have willing to pay top dollar to resign Kershaw to short-term deals recently, but another team could swoop in this time around.
Kershaw was excellent in his age 34-season for the Dodgers, posting a 12-3 record with a 2.28 ERA and 137 SO in 126.1 innings of work. The injury concerns are real, but it’s hard to find this level of performance, especially one from a battle tested veteran like Kershaw. The recent success of older pitchers like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Adam Wainwright could open up his market even more.
Kershaw would be the ideal ace for St. Louis if he is truly wiling to leave Los Angeles.