Clayton KershawAfter seeing the likes of Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander land contracts of $175 million and $180 million, respectively, contract talks between the Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw began with rumors saying that the deal could be worth up to $210 million. As the season progressed, however, the talks between the two sides cooled, but will likely pick up during the off-season, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The idea nearly became reality earlier this season, when Kershaw was close to signing a record-setting, seven-year extension in the $210 million range, according to major league sources.

The Dodgers backed off, though, and the two sides have not negotiated in months, sources said. Talks are unlikely to resume until the offseason, and by then Kershaw’s price could be even higher.

Kershaw’s deal could include a similar clause that Zach Greinkie received that will allow him to opt out of his contract after three years and become a free agent. Kershaw’s deal would potentially allow him to opt out after five years to pursue an even larger deal.

Kershaw’s ERA this season is currently at 1.72, and is the first National League starter to record an ERA that low since Greg Maddux in 1994. Kershaw’s numbers are better across the board than his Cy Young award winning season.

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