Is LA pitching legend headed to LA Angels' AL West division rival?

Oct 1, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22)
Oct 1, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers legendary starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been speculated to be heading to the LA Angels' division rival Texas Rangers by Nolan Writin' Site Expert Seth Carlson.

Nolan Writin' is the FanSided Texas Rangers publication, and Carlson has this feeling due to Clayton Kershaw showing up courtside to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki's jersey retirement ceremony.

Of course, him sitting next to Dallas Cowboys starting wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb at the game added fuel to the speculation. After all, as Carlson pointed out in the article, Kershaw is indeed from Texas and still lives there. Raising a family in the Lone Star State, this could potentially be a sign that Kershaw could be heading back in free agency. Others have been speculating this too:

Fortunately for Angels fans, some think that this is being blown out of proportion. For instance, Site Expert David Hill of FanSided's general MLB publication, Call to the Pen, delivered quite the counter to the Kershaw-Rangers speculation:

"So what does this mean for Kershaw’s future? Absolutely nothing other than the fact that he was able to watch a basketball game and see Nowitski’s jersey get retired. It is impossible to derive anything else from that moment, no matter how much someone may want to. But that is what happens during a lockout where there is absolutely nothing else to talk about."

David Hill, Call to the Pen

Hopefully for the LA Angels, Clayton Kershaw will not be on his way to the Texas Rangers.

This is because Clayton Kershaw is one of the only big-name free agent starting pitchers left on the free agent market. The LA Angels would of course rather have Kershaw out of the division, or perhaps to themselves.

Kershaw, who has led the Majors in ERA since he joined the league in 2008 (2.49), is still a very good and reliable pitcher when healthy. His season was cut short last year, but there are unfortunately durability issues concerning many of the top free agent and trade block starting pitching candidates who are left for the taking. Kershaw would be a good option for any of the Dodgers, Rangers, or Angels.

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This year, he struck out the most batters per nine innings (10.7) that he has since 2015, recorded a 3.00 FIP, and still walks very few batters. Seeing Kershaw being widely speculated to leave the rival Dodgers was a little refreshing this offseason. Seeing him join the Rangers, however, wouldn't be all that great for Halo fans.