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Clayton Kershaw will be extended for 8 years and $200 million by the Dodgers in the coming days, according to Mike Petriello. None of that seems all that interesting any longer, because I can reliably report that Clayton Kershaw is going to sign an eight-year, $200m extension with the Dodgers, possibly as soon as tonight. If so, that would blow away all of us — myself included — who thought that $200m was an unattainable goal, though clearly deals since then have impacted that. No word yet on the structure of the deal, but if it begins in 2013, as I expect it would, then it would cover Kershaw’s age 25-32 seasons. It’s a ludicrous amount of money, but that is exactly the timeframe I want a pitcher, and Kershaw’s obviously the kind of pitcher (and person) you’d want to lock up for that. It’s not official yet, but I expect it to be in the next 24-48 hours, if not sooner. Much more to come, no doubt. Most of us speculated that the sky is the limit on his extension, but $200 million warranted skepticism unless they were extending him for a decade. Well, never underestimate the unlimited bank account, I suppose, as $25 million annually is now a reality. How the value of this and what not shakes out depends on the details, so I’ll wait to analyze that, but locking up an elite starter through his age 25-32 seasons is hard to complain about. —– Jon Heyman is reporting that they’re in discussions, so I’m guessing this does get done soon.

Dodgers close to record setting deal with Clayton Kershaw

After months of speculation of a long term extension getting done between the Dodgers and their ace Clayton Kershaw, it appears that the two sides are close to a record setting deal. The Dodgers have been working out a deal with the former Cy Young winner over the past several days according to Dylan Hernandez. It’s fair to assume that the deal could be announced sometime today...

Dodgers' SPs Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly likely to start season on DL

Maybe it's a good thing the Dodgers didn't rush to trade Chris Capuano, as Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly are both expected to start the 2013 season on the disabled list. Billingsley, who is dealing with a potential elbow issue, also is dealing with an injured fingernail on his pitching hand. He was slated to start the second game of the season after Zack Greinke had...

Zack Greinke solid in final spring start, Rodriguez and Sellers make team

This hasn't been the greatest month for Zack Greinke leading up to the start of the 2013 season, but Saturday night was the most encouraging sight from him since he signed his mega contract in the winter. Greinke made his final spring training start on Saturday against Angels and fared pretty well. It was just his second start in the last 29 days, so it's understandable...

Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley ready to rejoin rotation

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley appeared in a minor league spring training contest yesterday, and he is ready to be part of the team’s rotation – potentially in the first week of the regular season – according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation. The Dodgers don’t need a fifth starter until the 11th game of the year, but Stephen notes that Billingsley...

Report: Dodgers, Clayon Kershaw close on record contract extension

With Justin Verlander, Buster Posey and Paul Goldschmidt (one of these things is not like the other ... yet) all landing contract extensions on Friday, the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are on the verge of a record-setting contract extension. Mike Petriello reported the potential extension just minutes ago. "None of that seems all that interesting any longer, because...

Dodger Stadium unveils renovations

The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing off a $100 million renovation at Dodger Stadium that includes new video boards and revamped clubhouses. The Dodgers start the season Monday at home against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. The massive makeover was done in five months and enlarged the locker rooms for both the Dodgers and the visiting...

Capuano activated, Mark Ellis to DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated left-hander Chris Capuano to start a series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a move retroactive to April 27, because of a strained right quadriceps. Capuano is making his second start of the season. He began the season in the bullpen because of a glut of starting...

10 Bold Predictions for 2013: Clayton Kershaw will be the next member of the $200M club

Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in major league baseball not named Justin Verlander.  He is also five years younger and is currently playing for the new biggest spenders in baseball, the LA Dodgers.  I don’t have to spout off Kershaw’s stats and accomplishments at such a young age.  If you’re reading this blog you probably know that Kershaw is one of the league’s...

2013 Baseball Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

It has been a billion-dollar makeover. The Dodgers have emerged from bankruptcy and the dark days of the McCourt ownership transformed into one of...

Ellis' slam helps Dodgers beat Angels 9-8

A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training. Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Mike Trout and a two...

Fantasy Baseball: NL West Offseason

LA Dodgers: The Dodgers went to great lengths to reel in Zack Greinke (SP). Unless his elbow problems escalate, draft him with confidence. SD Padres: The Padres had a quiet winter. Arizona Diamondbacks: Martin Prado (OF) has always hit for a good avg. and had modest power, but what impressed people last season was his newfound speed. Prado is a good mid to late-round option if you...

Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Make Justin Verlander Baseball`s Highest-Paid Pitcher by Ben Lindbergh

The Tigers award their ace an extension that will pay him more than any other pitcher (at least until Clayton Kershaw`s next contract). Was it wise?
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