John Axford

Deadline nears for Kershaw to choose Dodgers or free agency

The Dodgers are in ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw, and they still need to resolve the future of manager Dave Roberts, too.

According to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the talks with Kershaw's camp are "ongoingly pleasant."

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the team agreed to extend the deadline on Kershaw's opt-out decision by 40 hours until 1 p.m. PDT Friday.

Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract to become a free agent for the first time in an 11-year big league career spent entirely with the Dodgers.

If he chooses free agency, Kershaw could negotiate with any...