There is increasing chatter that pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will not return to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2018 season, league sources tell FanRag Sports. His contract expires at the conclusion of the season.

“It would be a major upset if he’s back,” one source said.

Honeycutt is a highly-regarded pitching coach and is considered among the best in the game.

His close relationship with Clayton Kershaw, among others, shouldn’t be underestimated. Honeycutt leaving, either to retire, join the Dodgers’ front office or to join another club, would be a blow to Kershaw and the rest of the rotation.

It’s likely that if Honeycutt does leave, the Dodgers look for someone who is more on page with the front office in regards to analytics.