Dodgers Enter Pivotal Offseason: Clayton Kershaw's Dilemma And The Quest For Pitching

Photo: Instagram/Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers entered this pivotal offseason with several uncertainties, knowing they had to make crucial decisions.

After a somewhat conservative approach to free agency last year and increased playing time for young talents in 2023, the team had gained insights into its needs. However, their offseason discussions commenced earlier than expected, following a disappointing sweep by the D-backs in the National League Division Series, concluding with a 4-2 loss in Game 3 at Chase Field.

This abrupt exit raised questions about the Dodgers' approach this offseason. One pressing issue is the future of Clayton Kershaw, who has been taking his career year by year.

Photo: Instagram/Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw's performance suffered this season due to a nagging left shoulder injury, raising uncertainty about his return in 2024. Whether he continues his career in Los Angeles or elsewhere remains to be seen.

The starting rotation emerged as a major concern, as the pitchers struggled in the NLDS. With injuries and free agency looming, the Dodgers face the challenge of bolstering their rotation for the upcoming season. Free-agent options, including Blake Snell, are on the radar, but the team must not miss its top targets.

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way superstar, is another focal point of the offseason. The Dodgers aim to make a strong bid for Ohtani, even though he won't be able to pitch until 2025 due to elbow surgery.

This pursuit, however, raises questions about the team's ability to address other areas of concern. As the Dodgers navigate this offseason, they must answer these questions to understand the reasons behind their October disappointment and position themselves for success in the future.

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Source: MLB


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