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Clayton Kershaw not close to extension with Dodgers

Apr 3, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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With all the huge long-term contracts being handed out this week there was speculation that Clayton Kershaw could be next, but it doesn’t sound like he’s close to signing an extension with the Dodgers.

Kershaw’s agent, Casey Close, was at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Tuesday, but a source told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that a deal “didn’t appear imminent.”

Kershaw has said previously that he didn’t want negotiations to drag into the season, but declined to say if he’s cut off talks. He threw a complete-game shutout and homered against the Giants on Opening Day, so it’s safe to say if talks are ongoing it hasn’t been a distraction yet.

Kershaw is making $11 million this season and will be arbitration eligible in 2014, so the Dodgers have some time before they have to start worrying about him hitting the open market as a free agent. Whenever he signs his next contract, my guess is Kershaw will become the first $200 million pitcher.

  1. goawaydog - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    As a Giants fan, i hope he hits free agency and signs with another team … preferably in Japan.

    • tmhofficial - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Ha ha I don’t blame you. I feel the same as a Twins fan in regards to Verlander. Unfortunately he’s here to stay.

  2. Gamera the Brave - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Thanks for scrubbing the thread, Aaron!

  3. Marty - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Heard the Dodgers are offering “10 years for 1 Billion or something.. whatever, get the deal done”.

  4. elmo - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Evidently he should have hit for the cycle on Monday.

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