The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off one of the most disappointing playoff performances in franchise history. After yet another 100-win season, the Dodgers were unable to even take a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who thoroughly outplayed LA in the NLDS.
This playoff loss represents the end of the road for some Dodgers. There are several players on the roster who definitely will not be back in 2024 and the last memory of them will be this NLDS sweep.
For some players, though, the future is more convoluted. These players could also see their Dodgers careers end after the 2023 season, but that outcome isn't as concrete. In simple terms, the future is murky for several Dodgers players as they could be with the team next year, could be with another team, or could retire altogether.
8 Dodgers players who have a murky future in LA
Kershaw had one of the worst starts of his entire career in Game 1 of the NLDS. For many Dodgers fans, this was a sign that Kershaw's time with the team was likely up as his best days had passed him by.
For other Dodgers fans, this bad start only made Kershaw's return a more desired outcome. Kershaw is the greatest pitcher in Dodgers history and it would be a shame if his last-ever start with the team happened to be his worst.
Kershaw did not commit to whether or not he would return (or even play at all) next season, which has become a trend for the southpaw in recent years. Kershaw has admitted that he would only ever play for the Dodgers or Texas Rangers, so there are only three real outcomes in this situation.
While some Dodgers fans may be fed up with the postseason blunders, Kershaw deserves one more year in Los Angeles. He will still only be 36 next season and is only 56 strikeouts away from 3,000. It would be a shame to see him reach that milestone in a Rangers uniform, or not at all.