If Clayton Kershaw is going to leave the Los Angeles Dodgers, it could be for the Texas Rangers.
It would be a homecoming of sorts for Kershaw. He grew up in Texas, going to high school in University Park. Interestingly enough, current Rangers general manager Chris Young also attended the same high school, although their time there did not overlap. Kershaw still lives in Texas in the offseason, and signing with the Rangers would allow him to spend more time with his family.
Kershaw would be an important part of the Rangers’ hopes to return to the postseason. Their spending spree in the 2021-22 offseason did bring in Jon Gray, but they were more focused on the lineup. His 2.28 ERA and 0.942 WHiP over 126.1 innings, with 137 strikeouts and 23 walks, would be a great fit in the Rangers’ rotation.
However, he could not be the only piece they bring in. The Rangers would need to add another top of the rotation arm as well given his health woes. Bringing in Kershaw and keeping Martin Perez would not be enough to contend, especially given the Astros’ dynasty and the presence of the Mariners.
The Texas Rangers might be able to pry Clayton Kershaw away from the Los Angeles Dodgers. They will likely offer more money and he can be closer to home.