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Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman desires Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner again

They are the 2 longest-tenured gamers in the Dodgers group.

But as Major League Baseball’s offseason started in earnest Tuesday, kicking off with the league’s common supervisor conferences, the futures of Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner remained doubtful.

Kershaw is a free agent for the second straight winter and seems as soon as once more more likely to decide between a return to the Dodgers — who’ve till Thursday to resolve whether or not to increase him a qualifying supply — or a homecoming with the Texas Rangers.

Turner, in the meantime, has a membership choice with the Dodgers value $16 million for subsequent season. The workforce has till Thursday to resolve whether or not to choose it up, though the Dodgers additionally may discover the potential of shopping for out Turner’s present deal (which might value $2 million) and re-signing him at a lesser wage.

The one factor Andrew Friedman, the workforce’s president of baseball operations, made clear whereas speaking to reporters Tuesday: The Dodgers hope each are again with the workforce subsequent season — even when it’s presently unclear precisely how, or when, their conditions might be resolved.

“It is a priority for him to come back,” Friedman stated of Kershaw, “and we’ll figure that out.”

“The priority is that we show up in Glendale [Ariz.] and for him to be a part of what we’re doing next year,” Friedman stated about Turner. “What exactly that looks like, we need time to work through.”

With Kershaw, the Dodgers confronted comparable circumstances final November.

The seemingly future Hall of Famer was a free agent for the primary time. He supposed to proceed his embellished profession however wasn’t prepared to decide on between the Dodgers (his solely main league workforce) and the Rangers (who play proper down the highway from his and spouse Ellen’s offseason dwelling in Dallas). And he took many of the lockout-impacted offseason to reach at a call.

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The Dodgers determined towards extending a qualifying supply to Kershaw final winter as a courtesy to the pitcher, giving him extra time to ponder his future though it meant they risked shedding him with out getting any draft compensation in return.

On Tuesday, Friedman stated the workforce hadn’t determined a couple of qualifying supply this yr — which might give Kershaw till Nov. 20 to both settle for or decline a one-year, $19.65-million contract — however hinted that the calculus would seemingly be the identical.

“Things just feel more right in the world when Kershaw is wearing a Dodgers uniform,” Friedman stated. “That’s just how it lands with us. We couldn’t respect more him and Ellen going through this process. But it’s definitely a real priority for us [to have him back].”

The Dodgers’ Justin Turner connects for a house run towards the Padres on Sept. 11 in San Diego.

(Derrick Tuskan / Associated Press)

The Rangers, nevertheless, loom as a menace.

They would enable Kershaw, his spouse and their 4 youngsters to not have to separate the yr dwelling between Los Angeles and Texas.

Their common supervisor is Chris Young, one among Kershaw’s closest mates in baseball.

And Kershaw was so near signing with the Rangers final yr that, when he finally did decide the Dodgers after the top of the lockout, he known as Young to inform him the information.

“I was broken-hearted,” the Rangers’ GM recalled Tuesday.

And how laborious will Texas pursue Kershaw this winter?

“I can’t answer specifically,” Young stated, noting that MLB continues to be technically in a free-agent quiet interval. “But certainly, he’s a tremendous player. I think all 30 teams would love to have Clayton Kershaw.”

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Turner represents one other large choice for the Dodgers.

The third baseman might be 38 subsequent season and is coming off a 2022 season during which his numbers have been above league common however under his lofty profession norms.

If that makes his $16-million choice too hefty for the Dodgers to really feel snug selecting up, the workforce may nonetheless pay his buyout and as a substitute attempt to signal him to a brand new deal. However, that will additionally enable the two-time All-Star to check the free-agent market and probably signal with a distinct workforce.

“It’d be great to end my career as a Dodger,” Turner advised AM 570 final week. “But things don’t always go as planned. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The subsequent few days ought to present extra readability for each gamers’ destiny — and sign whether or not two of the Dodgers’ largest faces of the franchise will return to Los Angeles in 2023.

Declined choices

The Dodgers did announce Tuesday that they’ve declined their membership choices for infielder Hanser Alberto and pitchers Jimmy Nelson and Danny Duffy, making all three free brokers.

The strikes didn’t come as a shock. Alberto was a constructive presence within the workforce’s clubhouse this season however was left off its playoff roster after batting simply .244 in 73 video games. Nelson and Duffy each missed the season due to accidents.

Waiver declare

The Dodgers claimed outfielder Luke Williams off waivers from the Miami Marlins. A former third-round select of Dana Hills High, the 26-year-old Williams has a profession .240 batting common in 137 video games with the Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

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