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Clayton Kershaw “loves everything about Los Angeles” and is “always open to talks”

Aug 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP

With the Dodgers throwing around money like never before presumably one of their next moves will be trying to lock up reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a long-term contract extension.

This winter Kershaw and the Dodgers avoided arbitration with a two-year, $19 million deal that pays him $7.5 million this season and $11.5 million in 2013. And once that deal is over he’ll still be under team control for 2014 via arbitration, at which point Kershaw could hit the open market as a 27-year-old free agent.

All of which means there’s no huge rush for the Dodgers to get something done, but once their wallet is open it might not be such a bad idea and for his part Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d be open to working out an extension:

Yeah, sure, I’m always open to talks. I’ve had a great time here. I love the guys and I love everything about L.A. I’ll be here for two more years regardless. There’s no deadline or anything, so that’s good.

It’s a different situation because Kershaw still has two-plus seasons of team control remaining, but in terms of an extension buying out his potential free agent years Cole Hamels‘ recent six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies would seemingly represent the starting point for any talks.

  1. taxed00 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    If he reaches free agency as a 27 year old he’s going to become the richest pitcher in history. I liked that the dodgers locked up Ethier long term this year, they should do the same with Kershaw.

    Good luck filling the rest of the roster though when you have $100 mill going to 5 players (gonzo, kemp,Crawford, Ethier, Kershaw)

    • Jeremiah Graves - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      I think we’ve firmly-established the narrative that the Dodgers have a limitless supply of cash. I’m thinking a payroll rivaling or surpassing the Yankees is not out of the question. They’ve got money to burn.

  2. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Just like Albert loved everything about St.Louis. God and his son Jesus told AP and his bat shit crazy wife told
    them to move to LA. The kiss of death for a manager is he will be here next year and a player saying I love this team and the city.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      I think that gigantic contract told him to move to LA…

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