The Los Angeles Dodgers extended Clayton Kershaw for seven years and are now focusing on negotiations with Masahiro Tanaka. The Dodgers held a press conference this morning to announce the $215 million deal and general manager Ned Colletti admitted he’s spoken to Tanaka’s agent several times this week.
Tanaka happens to share an agent with Kershaw, so there’s some familiarity between both parties. Agent Casey Close could become a fan-favorite if he’s able to steer Tanaka to the Dodgers after the Kershaw deal. The New York Yankees are the only other team with deep enough pockets to sign Tanaka, but the Chicago Cubs loom as a possible dark horse candidate.
If the Dodgers aren’t able to sign Tanaka, they have interest in Bronson Arroyo as it’s clear they’d like to add another starting pitcher. The deadline to sign Tanaka is a week from today as the Dodgers are certainly one of the teams deep in the mix.
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