Clayton Kershaw has accomplished plenty in his 11 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, being named an All-Star seven times, winning three Cy Young Awards, an MVP, and reaching the postseason eight times.
There is a possibility that his tenure with the team comes to an end at the conclusion of the 2018 season though, as Kershaw has the ability to opt out of his contract and test free agency.
If that is the case, then everything that he has accomplished in the Dodgers organization is not lost on him. Kershaw recently expressed his gratitude for being with a franchise that’s remained competitive, via Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times:
“Five straight division titles, making the playoffs this year, made the playoffs my first two years, that’s like eight out of 11 or something, something ridiculous,” Kershaw said. “That’s not lost on me. I understand how incredible that is. It’s just a testament to this organization. And I’m thankful. I’m thankful I got to be here. I’m thankful I got to grow up here.”
This isn’t necessarily a farewell address for Kershaw as he still, of course, could re-sign or not even opt out. It is more of a recognition of everything the Dodgers have done for him and their commitment to winning, which should bode well for them if he does end up testing the open market.
Before the offseason and free agency though, Kershaw is still in pursuit of his first World Series.
The Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in four games in the National League Division Series, and now face the challenge of the NL’s best Milwaukee Brewers looking to advance to the World Series for the second straight year. Kershaw is set to start Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Friday.
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