Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has already said that the front office has plenty of work to do this offseason.
Yes, Daniels said the franchise is not going to spend big during major league’s free-agency period, but it’s possible Daniels and ownership would pony-up the cash for the best available pitcher on the market.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is currently in the fifth year of a seven-year, $215 million deal. However, the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner can opt out this winter.
If he remains in Los Angeles, he stands to make $32 million next season and $33 million for the 2020 season (per Spotrac).
And he still could make more on the open market.
Kershaw pitched very well in the Dodgers 5-2 Game 5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. And Los Angeles is just one win away from advancing from the National League Championship Series to the World Series
Oddsmakers believe the team most likely to sign him is the Dodgers at +130, according to BetDSI.com.
But the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are tied for the the next-best odds on the list at +360.
Here is the full list odd Kershaw free-agency odds from the site.
- Los Angeles Dodgers +130
- Texas Rangers +360
- Houston Astros +360
- New York Yankees +815
- Field (Any Other Team) +815