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Dodgers open to discussing extension with Clayton Kershaw this winter

Nov 9, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Clayton Kershaw will make $11 million next season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter, but the Dodgers are keen on making sure he’ll be around for the long haul.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Thursday that he’s open to discussing a contract extension with Kershaw this winter. There isn’t a ton of urgency to get a deal done immediately, but Colletti thinks there could be some talks after the madness of the Hot Stove has subsided.

“I think we’ll probably sit down and talk about it once we get past this period of time, the free agent period of time,” Colletti said. “We signed him for another year, there’s another year after that. That said, if there’s a common ground on both sides, it’s worth investigating.”

Kershaw missed a start in September due to a hip injury, but managed to make his final four starts of the season and doctors have since determined that surgery wasn’t necessary. Colletti said that Kershaw came out of the situation “pretty well” and doesn’t think the hip will prevent them from digging in on an extension.

Kershaw, who turns 25 in March, won the National League Cy Young Award last season and is a finalist again this year after leading the majors with a 2.53 ERA while fanning 229 batters in 227 2/3 innings. It’s safe to say that Cole Hamels‘ recent six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies will likely function as a benchmark for an extension.

  1. Carl Hancock - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    The Dodgers already have Crawford, Gonzalez and Kemp signed to over $100 million dollar deals that are still early in their term AND thy may be in the Greinke. Now the want to sign Kershaw long term too? If they get Greinke and lockup Kershaw that would give them 5 players with $100+ million dollar deals. That is nuts. And I didn’t even mention Andre Either who has a an $80 million dollar deal. Has any team ever had this many monster contracts?

    • chill1184 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Its quite obvious that the new Dodger ownership has told Colletti that money is no object. Personally I would’ve gotten a deal with Kershaw done first just to get it done and out of the way. Yes its only November but one can guess that in the back of everyone’s minds that this kind of binge spending is only doomed to failure, then again who knows.

  2. paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I’m intrigued to see what happens with this dodgers team. I hope they sign Youk, and the Korean dude, and everyone else in any rumor….just to see how it all turns out.

    • cur68 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Yeah, and if they bring back Wily Mo Pena from Japan too, I’m with ya all the way. I’ll watch every one of their games next season if they do that.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Awww, a 2013 Dodgers Cur Cave.

      • cur68 - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        The Cur Cave: what an outstanding idea. It shall be lined with many seal pelts, warmed by their blubber and offer the choicest beers in all the land from any of its many “Beer Fountains”. My very first guest to the cave will be Vin Scully. I shall get him splashed on beer and we shall carry on like Dreyfus, Schieder & Shaw did just before Jaws ate their boat.

  3. chill1184 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Certainly will be an interesting story

  4. wj4122 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Recent History has not fared well for the last couple of teams that went on spending sprees ( Red Sox, Marlins, Angels ) but kershaw is an ace that every team would love to have and the dodgers need to lock him up. I think they would want to avoid arbitration. And try to avoid a situation like the giants and lincecum case

  5. ocramfan22 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Kershaw will be a Dodger for years to come. Quality left handed power pitchers with high morals don’t grow on trees… Not even palm trees. #22 in your program in Dodger blue for the long haul. You heard it here folks!

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