2. Milwaukee Brewers
- Current 2019 payroll: $71.3 million
If Clayton Kershaw is going to play on any other National League team other than the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019 it will be the Milwaukee Brewers. I cannot see Kershaw leaving the National League to go anywhere else and it would be painful to see him join the Brew Crew.
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It would be even more painful if the Dodgers matched up against the Brewers yet again in the postseason and we had to deal with a Kershaw vs. Walker Buehler matchup. Obviously, I would be rooting against Kershaw, but it would hurt my heart doing it.
The Brewers just have everything Kershaw could want in a team and if the team offers him more money, outside of loyalty, why wouldn’t Kershaw take the offer?
Milwaukee is a talented, deep roster that has an elite bullpen, the likely defending National League MVP in Christian Yelich, great offensive pieces like Lorenzo Cain and Jesus Aguliar and needs a true frontline ace.
Right now, the Brewers only have three starting pitchers from last year’s team on the roster and are going to need to look externally for pitching help. With a payroll that ranks 18th in the MLB, the Brewers certainly could afford Clayton Kershaw.
In what is the final nail in the coffin, Kershaw has made seven career regular season starts at Miller Park, allowing eight earned runs in 51.1 innings pitched (1.40 ERA).
Miller Park Petco Park, AT&T Field and Citi Field are the only places that Kershaw has a better ERA at than Dodger Stadium with at least five starts. And we all know he is not going to the Padres, Giants or Mets.