Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 8/24/13
Clayton Kershaw, $200 million man? The idea nearly became reality earlier this season, when Kershaw was close to signing a record-setting, seven-year extension in the $210 million range, according to major league sources. The Dodgers backed off, though, and the two sides have not negotiated in months, sources said. Talks are unlikely to resume until the offseason, and by then Kershaw's price could be even higher. Kershaw, 25, leads the majors with a 1.72 ERA, which would be the fourth-best among all pitchers with 150 or more innings since the mound was lowered in 1969. The Dodgers remain motivated to strike a deal - Kershaw, nearing the end of a two-year, $19 million contract, is eligible for arbitration after this season and free agency after the 2014 campaign. The contract Kershaw and the Dodgers discussed would have included an opt-out clause, giving the pitcher the right to become a free agent after five years, sources said. The average salary of approximately $30 million ...
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