Woodward: Rangers have been in contact with Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw may be playing closer to home next season.
Adding Kershaw would be a huge get for the Rangers, who had the third-worst ERA among starting staffs during their 60-102 campaign this past season.
The 33-year-old southpaw has been one of baseball's top starting pitchers since he debuted in 2008, amassing 185 wins and a 2.49 ERA in 14 seasons with the Dodgers.
Kershaw has also won a National League MVP, three NL Cy Young Awards - finishing in the top five on four other occasions - and appeared in eight All-Star Games.
However, he's struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, making 32 starts due to back and elbow issues. Kershaw is expected to receive a PRP injection in his left elbow after missing the 2021 postseason because of discomfort.
The Rangers are expected to make a push for several free agents this winter, with Kershaw among a notable group that reportedly also includes shortstops Trevor Story, Corey Seager, and Marcus Semien, as well as outfielder Starling Marte and utility player Chris Taylor.