Mariners Target #2: Clayton Kershaw
So this one probably won’t happen. Then again, why not. It still could. It really does seem up in the air for what Clayton Kershaw is going to do in 2022. There are a few options that most think are likely to happen. He either goes back to the Dodgers, signs a deal with his hometown Rangers, or retires.
Look, Kershaw would be pitching his age-34 season in 2022. You would think he has a good amount left in the tank. It doesn’t always happen, as pitchers can sort of just drop off in their early 30s *cough Felix cough*. He also might have concerns with his arm and the injury history surrounding it.
What if though, what if he sees the Mariners, with their nice mix of youth and talent, and decides to give it a run up north in a division that is likely up for grabs with some of the departures that Houston has seen.
A great veteran presence, he could sign a one-year deal for a good chunk of change, slot into the middle of the Mariners rotation, and give them a nice risk/reward option. If he’s hurt or struggles, it’ll suck. I can’t argue that. He would still be there to teach and help, but it would still stink if he wasn’t throwing.
If Kershaw is healthy though, you’re getting a guy who had a 3.00 FIP last year in 121 innings. He’s not the guy he was in his 20s, but he is still an incredible pitcher.