While the LA Angels have seen their starting rotation falter year after year, Clayton Kershaw has dominated hitters for the past decade just one hour north of Anaheim. Can the Halos convince the southpaw to stay in SoCal and don the red and white?
Most people believe Clayton Kershaw will be apart of the LA Angels future. However, that is because rumors say he’ll be going to join the Houston Astros should he opt out of his contract with the Dodgers this season.
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But hey, could you imagine?
Clayton Kershaw, Jaime Barria, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker. A rotation built like that is a serious threat to opposing batters. Throw Shohei Ohtani into the mix when he returns from Tommy John surgery and the Halos would have a case for the best rotation in the MLB.
Now, the chances of Kershaw joining the Angels is slim to none. He is set to make $65 million over the next two years, so for him to opt-out of that contract he’d have to believe a better deal is out there. While the Angels could offer him a longer term deal, they likely couldn’t match the average salary that he would be making if he stays with the Dodgers.
Kershaw has flourished in the bright lights for years. He has slowly but surely proven he is no longer a liability in the playoffs and, injuries aside, has been consistent enough to warrant a long-term contract despite being 30-years old. The Halos have a bad history with those sort of deals, and the new convoy of Billy Eppler and Co. have yet to make a big time move for a starting pitcher yet.
That being said, how great would it be for your first big money move to be for the best starting pitcher of this millennium?