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Reports: Clayton Kershaw returns to Dodgers on 1-year deal

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Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) looks on as he works out before game four of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) looks on as he works out before game four of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers icon Clayton Kershaw is staying put after the free agent agreed to a one-year deal with the club on Friday, according to multiple reports.

MLB Network reported the deal is worth $17 million plus incentives. The Dodgers haven’t announced an agreement as it is contingent on the left-hander passing a physical.

Kershaw, who turns 34 on March 19, is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and won National League MVP honors in 2014. He has compiled a 185-84 record with a 2.49 ERA in 376 regular-season starts and three relief appearances over 14 seasons, all with Los Angeles.

Last season, Kershaw was 10-8 with a 3.55 ERA in 22 starts. The ERA was his highest since a 4.26 mark as a rookie in 2008.

Kershaw sustained a left forearm injury in his final appearance of the 2021 regular season on Oct. 1 and missed the postseason. He also missed two months earlier in the season due to a forearm/elbow injury to the left arm.

The Dodgers declined to make Kershaw a one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer in November, sending the eight-time All-Star into free agency.

–Field Level Media