"There's been a lot of people saying that I'm in decline or not going to be as good as I once was", said Kershaw, whose Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight year.
Gonzales, who turns 27 in February, went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 starts in his first full season in the majors. "I'm looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that".
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers heads to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The team did not exercise the option, and Freese instead received a $500,000 buyout as well as a new $4.5 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
The seven-time All-Star had two years and $65 million left on his contract.
The reigning National League champions held a $6 million option on the 35-year-old infielder, who joined the team in August after a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's a three-time NL Cy Young Award victor (runner-up twice) and a seven-time All-Star.
Kershaw will be 31 when the 2019 season opens, and he has a career record of 153-69 with an ERA of 2.39 - all with the Dodgers. However, the team elected to offer him a third-year at $28 million to allow him to leave that previous deal. "A chance to win every single year, it doesn't come around like this in LA very often".
"Winning is still the most important thing for me", he said.
"We could not have any more respect for any individual than we have for Michael", general manager Chris Antonetti said.
BRAVES: The Braves did not extend a qualifying offer to any of their free agents, including cleanup hitter Nick Markakis. He's exceedingly productive on the field. "What we will have to work through is, can we make the pieces fit?"