FantasySP / MLB / Clayton Kershaw FantasySP / MLB / Clayton Kershaw Copyright 2018 5144673 <![CDATA[Dodgers GM Declines Comment on Clayton Kershaw Contract, SP Has 'Open Dialogue']]> Clayton Kershaw as he approaches potential free agency next winter.

Ken Gurnick of reported the news, noting Zaidi wouldn't specifically mention whether the two sides have discussed Kershaw's contract but that he still called him "our franchise player" when mentioning the dialogue.

The southpaw has an out clause in his contract and could test free agency following the 2018 season.

Kershaw will turn 30 on March 19 but showed few signs of slowing in 2017, notching a 2.31 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 175 innings. The last time he had an ERA above 2.91 was during his rookie year in 2008, and he has posted an ERA below 2.00 three times]]> 5144673 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 2:49:01 EDT Bleacher Report
<![CDATA[Dodgers have 'open dialogue' with Kershaw]]> Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract at the end of this season. But Zaidi, speaking at the annual Spring Training media day, acknowledged the team and pitcher have "open dialogue. He's our franchise player."]]> 5144489 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:56:01 EDT Official Los Angeles Dodgers <![CDATA[Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue"]]> Clayton Kershaw about his contract status. Kershaw has an opt-out after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes well this summer. [...]]]> 5144420 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:14:24 EDT <![CDATA[The Cubs current rotation looks a lot like it did in 2016]]>
Every World Series champion has their fair share of luck. The 2017 Astros found themselves at the brink against the Yankees, but won the toss-up ALCS Game Seven last October. The 2016 Cubs were no different, looking as close to defeat as one can get, before a rainstorm gave the team time to regroup and snatch victory in their own winner-take-all Game Seven.

Going into 2016, on paper, the Cubs had a solid, although not stellar rotation. With no true ‘number one’ akin to a Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, or Max Scherzer, the Cubs were a step behind their National League competitors from at least one perspective. Having four of their five starting pitchers on the ‘wrong side of thirty’, including a 37-year-old John Lackey, didn’t help much either.]]> 5142023 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:02 EDT Beyond the Boxscore
<![CDATA[Yu Darvish to Dave Roberts After Picking Cubs: My Main Goal Is to Beat Dodgers]]> Yu Darvish isn't going to get sentimental when it comes to facing off with his former team.

Upon informing Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of his intention to sign with the Chicago Cubs, Darvish said to Roberts, "My main goal is to beat the Dodgers," per Josh Frydman of WGN News.

On Tuesday, the four-time All-Star agreed to terms on a six-year deal with the Cubs worth a reported $126 million, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

"I wish he had gone somewhere in the American League," former teammate Clayton Kershaw said of Darvish's decision, per the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough. "I guess we'll just have to beat him now.]]> 5140203 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:28:01 EDT Bleacher Report
<![CDATA[Dave Roberts tabs Clayton Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers]]> Clayton Kershaw, assuming he can stay healthy, will make a club record eighth consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers.]]> 5140092 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:56:01 EDT <![CDATA[Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw his Opening]]> Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw his Opening Day starter on Tuesday. Official workouts haven't even begun at Dodgers camp in Arizona, but Roberts figured he might as well get this announcement out of the way. [...]]]> 5140090 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:49:15 EDT <![CDATA[Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers]]> Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29. Roberts made the announcement Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training with the defending NL champions. ...]]> 5140050 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:42:01 EDT Washington Times <![CDATA[Kershaw to make Dodgers-record 8th OD start]]> Dave Roberts accidentally announced the obvious on Tuesday, that Clayton Kershaw would be Los Angeles' Opening Day starter.]]> 5139996 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:42:02 EDT <![CDATA[Clayton Kershaw Can Turn Big Year into Record-Setting $250M Free-Agent Megadeal]]> Clayton Kershaw can achieve in 2018 is becoming the richest pitcher in Major League Baseball history for the second time.

The first time he did it was when he inked a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers in January 2014. Although David Price surpassed that when he signed with the Boston Red Sox for seven years and $217 million in December 2015, Kershaw might soon reclaim the record.

The left-hander's "seven-year" pact with the Dodgers was really a five-year deal with a two-year option. He can either stay in Los Angeles in 2019 and 2020 for $65 million total, or he can opt out after 2018 and chase greater riches as a free agent]]> 5139755 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 7:21:01 EDT Bleacher Report
<![CDATA[2018 Yahoo Fantasy starting pitcher rankings: Clayton Kershaw leads star power]]> Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer]]> 5139295 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:28:01 EDT Roto Arcade <![CDATA[The Cubs sign Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal]]>
The long, cold MLB offseason has finally produced a free agent signing of over $100 million. It is the first time this has happened since the Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes to a $110 million deal in November of 2016.

The Cubs have signed Yu Darvish to a six-year $126 million deal. The deal includes an opt-out, the details of which have not been disclosed at the time of this writing but have been surmised by Jerry Crasnick. It also reportedly includes incentives that could raise the amount of the deal to $150 million. However, what has been reported about these incentives is ridiculous. Darvish needs to win multiple Cy Young awards for that to happen. In a league that has Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and Noah Syndergaard, among others, he has a minuscule hot of accomplishing this goal. In 2018 alone, he would have to outperform even his 90th percentile PECOTA projections in order to be anywhere close to the NL’s best pitchers]]> 5139237 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:49:01 EDT Beyond the Boxscore