Clayton Kershaw isn’t drinking the Shohei Ohtani Kool-Aid.
The Dodgers ace said he couldn’t care less about Ohtani after the Japanese two-way player spurned the Dodgers this winter and signed a contract with their cross-town rivals, the Angels.
Or, they could package one of two of those guys in an attempt to land a much more established rotation presence to join Aaron Nola at the top of what would be an outstanding 1-2 rotation combo. And, with Archer under contract for four more years at a very reasonable salary, this is much different than a short-term midseason rental or throwing heaps of cash at Jake Arrieta, a free agent they’ve been connected to often this offseason.
He also make sense because this is a franchise that’s missed the postseason for two years in a row, only the second such stretch in the 2000s. The Cardinals have plenty of rotation options behind ace Carlos Martinez and, to a lesser extent, Michael Wacha, but there are question marks. Adam Wainwright is 36. Miles Mikolas spent the past couple of years in Japan. Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty are still newbies. That group could very well be playoff-solid, but adding Archer into that mix as a co-ace with Martinez makes that rotation look much, much better.
Cornerback is a young man’s game and the numbers for Sherman were already in decline before he suffered an Achilles tear in November. That’s about as serious an injury any player can suffer and could have an impact on the speed and explosiveness of Sherman moving forward.
It doesn’t have to be a career-altering injury. Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles during the 2012 offseason at age 29 and still managed to return later in the year. He followed that with a Pro Bowl season in 2013 with 10 sacks.
Former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith also suffered an Achilles injury late in his career and returned a year later to record 70 receptions for 799 yards and five touchdowns in 2016.
Sherman also underwent a second surgery in January to clean up bone spurs — tacking on a little extra time to his recovery. According to Schefter , the 49ers expect Sherman to be healthy and ready for training camp. But how well he recovers in the long-term from his pair of surgeries will determine whether or not the addition was worth it for the 49ers.