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MLB - US Sports: Kershaw to stay with Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw is set to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers after agreeing a one-year contract worth $17million.

Kershaw's deal with the Dodgers, who are 6/1 to win the World Series, includes a possible $5 million for performance bonuses.

One-club man

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, Kershaw has accumulated 185 wins in 14 seasons with the Dodgers.

Kershaw's season was curtailed in 2021 as he fought soreness around his left elbow and forearm, forcing him to miss most of the second half of the season and keeping him from participating in the Dodgers' postseason.

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Kershaw making progress

The Dodgers are cautiously optimistic that the 33-year-old will be at full health for Spring Training and the forthcoming season.

Kershaw will slot near the top of a rotation that is headlined by Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, David Price and Andrew Heaney.

Kershaw was arguably the greatest pitcher of the last decade, averaging 16 wins and 200 innings while posting a 2.31 ERA and recording five times as many strikeouts as walks from 2010 to 2019.

Injuries to Kershaw's back continued to limit him in later years, dropping his fastball velocity, but he continued to post impressive low ERA numbers. He averaged a 2.16 ERA in 10 regular starts in 2020 and finally won an elusive World Series championship.

Last season, he posted a 3.39 ERA through his first 18 starts but then the injuries came around early July. Kershaw returned in the middle of September and completed four starts, however in his first start in October, he walked off the mound with a recurrence of the same issue.

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