Feb 28, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers Close to Record-Setting Deal

Clayton Kershaw does not want to be discussing a contract extension during the regular season. So the Dodgers have reportedly been working out a deal with the Cy Young Award winner which could be announced prior to Opening Day if the two sides come to an agreement. These talks came on the heels of two huge contract announcements Friday which had Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreeing on a seven-year $180 million deal and Buster Posey and the Giants finalizing a nine-year extension worth $167 million. Clayton Kershaw is arguably worth more.

I have said in the past that Kershaw should get around a eight-year $200 million extension which would make him the highest paid pitcher ever. He’s worth every penny of course.

Kershaw was tight-lipped on the subject when asked on Friday.

“If it’s about contract stuff, I don’t want to say anything,” Kershaw said.

Kershaw will be paid $11 million this season, and he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. This gives the Dodgers some time if an agreement doesn’t pan out. Yet, it would be nice to lock up the talented southpaw long-term before costs soar even higher in the future. Contracts have been increasing at an astronomical rate recently which reflects Major League Baseball’s thriving state of affairs.

This past offseason saw the Dodgers sign Zack Greinke to a six-year $147 million contract, and two months later the Seattle Mariners signed Felix Hernandez to a seven-year $175 million deal. Kershaw could and should break the $200 million mark.

Last season the left-hander had a record of 14-9 with 229 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA while finishing second to R.A. Dickey for the NL Cy Young Award. For the third consecutive season, Clayton Kershaw is the Opening Day starter for the Dodgers.

The contract talks could be just talks, but we will know for sure within the next day or two. Whatever substantial sum Kershaw gets whether it is tomorrow or next year, it will be well worth it. Kershaw is not only a productive and amazing player on the field, but he also a humanitarian who raises money to help needy orphans in Zambia.

How much do you think Kershaw will garner? Will it be over $200 million?

Kershaw, like Koufax, should be a forever Dodger. Let’s get the deal done.

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  • Kate

    I don’t know about giving kershaw a big contract…. He hasn’t been the same with his hip injury… His numbers have declined… Chad billinsgley ring a bell…..

    • PastyRasta

      Seriously? What declining #’s could you possibly be referring to? I hope it’s not spring training ERA. You can’t simply make a statement like you did and not back it up. How many starts did he miss with that hip injury? How many starts did he make after the injury and what were the results? He missed ONE start due to the injury…and here are the declined #’s you point out…3 starts to end the season…3 wins…21 IP…13 hits allowed…23 K’s…2 Earned runs allowed…and that was injured…what part of those #’s indicated a decline? Oh so maybe you’re talking about his declining Spring Training #’s right? 28 IP…30 K’s…8 BB…and a 4.16 ERA…so even though Spring Training #’s do not accurately reflect a players overall performance what part of the 25 yr old lefty’s game has declined or is not the same? NONE. He could and should get $200 million and 3 or 4 years from now be considered underpaid. No offense but please try to be able to back up your comment if you are going to label the best left handed pitcher in all of MLB like you did when you are clearly completely wrong. I suppose you think Yasiel Puig doesn’t look like he has a future in MLB based on his spring performance?

      • LasordasLair

        THIS. Thank you Pasty you are right on. You said it better than I did.

    • Pridenpoise

      Are you crazy.This guy is the best young pitcher in baseball. Did you just see the contract given to Verlander? 6yrs 170 million that would make Kershaw a bargain at 200 million. Sign this guy Magic his price is only going to go up.

    • LasordasLair

      Not sure what you are referring too here. Kersh led the league in ERA last year, finished second in whiffs, and in the CY Young voting. He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. He finished in the top ten in just about every single pitching category last season. Why would you be comparing Kershaw to Billingsley? And what declining numbers are you talking about?