Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw isn’t a free agent until after the 2014 season, but there have been multiple reports that he and the Dodgers would like to work out an extension over the winter.
Kershaw signed a two-year $19 million contract back in 2012, but the Dodgers would like to lock him up before he hits the open market. The likely 2013 NL Cy Young award winner has reportedly engaged in contract talks with management twice this season, but told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times about what it’d mean to become a free agent:
I think any player, that’s the reward of baseball, to make it to that point, Kershaw said. I think any player gets curious when you get close, for sure.
Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander and Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez both signed contract worth more than $175 million and Kershaw will definitely exceed that number. Twice already, it’s been reported that the two sides have been close to an extension between $210 and $300 million.
Dodgers owner Magic Johnson stated on two occasions that he’s confident both sides will come to terms on an extension over the winter. The Dodgers have their top-3 set for next season, but with Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett both coming off season-ending injuries, they’ll be in the market for starting pitchers over the winter.
Kershaw might want to get to the open market and be wooed by other teams, but he voiced a sense of comfortability being in LA:
I don’t really think about that,” he said. But I love it here. Ellen and I, we feel comfortable here.
The Dodgers will do everything in their power to lock up the premier pitcher in all of baseball as the 25-year-old likely still has better years to come and that’s a scary thought for the rest of baseball.
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