Kershaw David Dahl Jersey , 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 team, including the Dodgers.“He’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had,” Friedman said Thursday. “Not just on the field but from a culture standpoint in terms of bringing up young pitchers and emulating the work ethic, the drive.”Kershaw signed a $215 million, seven-year contract in January 2014 that calls for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020. He was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA this season.The Dodgers and Roberts discussed a contract extension going back to spring training without reaching a deal. Roberts has said he expects to be back next year.“It wasn’t an issue at all to kind of table it and pick it up when we were done playing,” Friedman said.Both Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi expressed support for Roberts, who got booed during the World Series for some of his on-field decisions.“We both feel very strongly that those strategic decisions are the result of a process,” Zaidi said. “We believe and we continue to have full confidence in his process. I also think when you start putting the microscope on little individual decisions it’s also taking credit away from the other team. The Red Sox were a terrific team.”Zaidi said Roberts’ coaching staff will be brought back next season.The Dodgers dropped under the luxury tax threshold this year after paying nearly $150 million over the previous five seasons, although Friedman wouldn’t say if Los Angeles plans to be under next year’s $206 million threshold.“There’s no question that we have plenty of resources to win a World Series next year,” he said. “The talent on hand and the flexibility to do that I think is definitely there.”Earlier this week, MLB.com reported rival San Francisco was interested in talking to Zaidi about a job in its baseball operations department. Zaidi previously spent a decade working in Oakland’s front office before joining the Dodgers four years ago.“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “Right now my focus is on the Dodgers until you guys tell me otherwise.”The team’s top free agents are:— Manny Machado. The shortstop was acquired from Baltimore in July and played outstanding defense. But he hit .182 in the World Series and drew ire for his admitted lack of hustle and overly aggressive base-running that earned him a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball.“It wasn’t a great look,” Friedman said. “I don’t think it got to the fact that he didn’t care. I think he did care and his teammates really liked him and respected him.”Corey Seager continues recovering from Tommy John and hip surgeries http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-bryan-shaw-jersey , and the Dodgers expect him back at short in time for opening day.— Hyun-Jin Ryu. The 31-year-old South Korean pitcher has spent his entire five-year MLB career with the Dodgers. The left-hander was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 regular-season starts and spent time on the disabled list with a groin injury. He stumbled in the NL Championship Series and World Series.— Yasmani Grandal. The catcher went 4 for 29 with 15 strikeouts in the postseason. He struggled defensively in the NLCS and was replaced by Austin Barnes.The remaining free agents are relievers John Axford, Daniel Hudson and Ryan Madson, and second baseman Brian Dozier.“I’m sure there will be some turnover,” Friedman said. “How much it’s tough to say right now.”The Dodgers got one bit of business completed Thursday night, agreeing to terms with David Freese on a one-year contract after the club option of $6 million was declined.The 35-year-old infielder joined the team in August after a trade from Pittsburgh.Freese was 8 for 22 with two home runs, six RBIs and a walk in 14 postseason games while platooning at first base. He hit .385 in 19 regular-season games with Los Angeles.With Chase Utley having just retired, Freese could fill his veteran leadership role in the clubhouse.Also Thursday, the Dodgers acquired infielder Justin Yurchak from the Chicago White Sox for left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos. ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is good for baseball.Jose Urena and his defenders are not.Jose, take the rest of the season off.And while you’re at it, take Keith Hernandez with you.In a nod to the bad ol’ days when it was apparently acceptable to plunk a guy who was playing too well, Urena unleashed a 97 mph fastball to Acuna’s left forearm with his very first pitch of Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta .Fortunately, it appears Acuna escaped serious injury. The Braves said X-rays on his elbow were negative and results of further tests would be announced on Thursday.Nevertheless, Major League Baseball should act swiftly to show that this sort of barbarism will not be tolerated in the national pastime.Urena deserves to be suspended for the rest of the season.Nothing less.Urena apparently thought it was perfectly acceptable to assault — hey, let’s call it what it was — one of the game’s shining young stars, a 20-year-old who plays the game with pure joy and great skill for the first-place Braves.Acuna’s crime? Going deep four times in the previous three games against the woeful Miami Marlins (and homering in five straight games overall), a remarkable run that included one of baseball’s rarest feats — a pair of leadoff homers in Monday’s doubleheader sweep by Atlanta.Acuna started Tuesday’s game with his third straight leadoff homer.Urena made sure the streak didn’t reach four before the Marlins left town.“This young man is just playing the game, doing what he loves to do Tyler Anderson Jersey ,” said Brian Snitker, the Braves’ manager. “It’s a damn shame.”Urena was ejected. So was Snitker for leading his team onto the field to confront the Miami pitcher.After the game, won by the Braves 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep, the manager was still fuming.“It’s beyond … I don’t know,” Snitker said, struggling to find words in the non-profanity category. “I’ve had three hours to calm down and all of a sudden I’m not real good right now.”Snitker’s counterpart, Miami manager Don Mattingly, hardly came to his pitcher’s defense .“This kid’s swinging the bat good. We’ve got to figure out how to get him out,” Mattingly said. “That’s what we said to Jose. I don’t want to see this kid get hit. He’s a great player. He’s going to be great for a long time. He’s beat us up. But this is not the way we want to handle that situation.”He wasn’t the least bit surprised that Snitker and his players came storming out of the dugout.“I understand,” Mattingly said. “If we were on the other side and our guy was hitting homers all over the place and that happens, you’re going to be fired up.”Laughably, and with a completely straight face, Urena tried to make himself out as the real victim in all this .“It seems like people get upset and things like that,” he said. “But I get upset, too. I’ve got to wait five days to just go out there, make one pitch and get kicked out of the game? That don’t make sense.”Actually, it makes perfect sense.Now http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-antonio-senzatela-jersey , baseball must take it to the next level.Instead of a typical suspension that might cost Urena a start or two, the lords of discipline at MLB need to really bring the hammer down. Send a message, once and for all, that this sort of Neanderthal-like behavior will no longer be tolerated.Even if the players’ union appeals, even if it succeeds in overturning a rest-of-the-season ban, baseball would be sending a much-needed message and, hopefully, sparking a long-overdue dialogue to stamp out this sort of brutality.It won’t be easy.Hernandez, a former All-Star first baseman and NL MVP who now works as a New York Mets broadcaster, quickly threw his support to Urena based on that ridiculous code of ethics passed down through the ages , the one that supposedly allows a pitcher to take the law into his own hands when a guy keeps hitting the ball into the seats.“You’ve lost three games. He’s hit three homers. You’ve got to hit him,” Hernandez said during the Mets-Orioles game, sounding like someone who needs to be led gently into a pasture and left there. “I’m sorry. People are not going to like that, but you’ve got to hit him. Knock him down (at least). I mean, seriously knock him down if you don’t hit him.”Then, stressing there’s a proper way to carry out this painful but necessary justice, Hernandez offered a caveat.“Never throw at anybody’s head Chris Rusin Jersey ,” he said, delivering a spot-on impression of that crazy uncle going on some nonsensical rant around the Thanksgiving table while everyone else stares at their food in uncomfortable silence. “Never throw at anybody’s head or neck. Hit him in the back. Hit him in the fanny.”Here’s the thing:Maybe that’s what Urena was trying to do — hit Acuna in the back or fanny, as was so eloquently stated in The World According To Keith. But sometimes, a guy throwing a baseball almost 100 mph doesn’t put it exactly where he wants. Or maybe the batter reacts in a way that the pitcher wasn’t expecting, ducking into a pitch instead of leaping away. All of which points to the ludicrousness of anyone, even someone such as Hernandez who spent 17 years in the big leagues, trying to brush this off as just part of the game.Urena claimed he was merely trying to work inside against Acuna, apparently relying on the fact that he’s hit 11 batters overall this season, tied for the most in the National League.“I try to get something inside and move his feet,” the right-hander insisted. “Then we can go back outside, because he’s been hot.”Once MLB dismisses that ludicrous defense — Urena’s defiant reaction on the mound hardly indicated that the pitch got away and he was really, really sorry about it — there’s another issue to consider.Baseball isn’t exactly flourishing at the moment, especially with young people.A thrilling player such as Acuna could help to reverse that trend, but not if he has to step to the plate after every homer wondering if he’s going to get plunked again. Not if he’s laid up with a broken arm. Not if he’s driven from the game by a fractured skull.Acuna is the future of baseball.Urena and Hernandez are best left in the past.