Texas Rangers: Why You Should Want a Dodgers World Series
By Kenneth Nash
With the World Series pairing now set, Texas Rangers fans should be rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers for win it all this year.
With a Red Sox and Dodgers World Series, it may seem like the Texas Rangers don’t have much of a dog in the fight. Neither team is directly related to the Rangers in anyway nor is a rival of the club in Arlington. The biggest connection the Rangers have to this World Series is their two former players currently playing for Boston in Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland. While it may be sentimental to root for the two guys who were fan favorites in their time here, could a Dodgers series benefit Texas in a tangible way?
It’s time to embrace all the hope and optimism you can possibly muster. With rumors swirling that Clayton Kershaw is tempted to opt out and try to maximize the value of his contract before next season, the Texas Rangers would definitely be interested in the Highland Park native. It doesn’t take much to surmise that Kershaw winning a World Series this year would make leaving LA for another club easier for the Cy Young pitcher.
For a couple of years we’ve seen the thoughts of Kershaw returning to North Texas floated out there. All accounts seem to think Kershaw would be open to that type of move. Obviously the Rangers number one priority is finding starting pitching and while Jon Daniels essentially has said that they don’t see the need to go all in this offseason, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Texas GM make a push for the lefty.
Kershaw, who will turn 31 this offseason, saw his string of All-Star appearances come to an end this season in a bit of a down year if you want to call it that. He went 9-5 through 26 starts and posted a 2.73 ERA. His WHIP climbed above 1.000 to 1.041 for the first time since 2012 and his strikeout total was it’s lowest since his rookie season.
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Kershaw is due just over $70 million over the next two seasons if he decides to remain in Los Angeles. However, a pitcher that has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons, it wouldn’t be shocking for Kershaw to be looking to secure a long term contract while still in his prime.
If Texas does have the opportunity to make a run at Kershaw, I would think they could be pretty high on his list of potential suitors. Especially if he has a shiny World Series ring already on his finger. For the Rangers, it would cost a small fortune to sign lefty however it would rapidly accelerate their rebuild securing the ace pitcher they’ve lacked for a number of years.