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. The magic number seems to be an eight-year $200MM deal. Of course Kershaw is worth every cent, and it would make him the highest paid pitcher ever. He’s the best pitcher in baseball, so why shouldn’t be compensated as such.
Kershaw will be paid $11MM in 2013, and isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. I’ve been saying for almost a year now how critical it is for the Dodgers to lock Kershaw up now. Costs are soaring in the thriving world of Major League Baseball, contracts are getting higher and higher each season, growing at a ridiculous rate, and the time to buy is now. Locking up Kershaw through his age 25-32 seasons will undoubtedly save the Dodgers millions over the next several years. More importantly, they lock up the best pitcher in baseball, and secure their starting rotation for many years to come.
We saw the Dodgers give a six-year $147MM contract to Zack Greinke, then two months later the Seattle Mariners signed Felix Hernandez to a seven-year $175MM deal. Then just two days ago the Detroit Tigers agreed to a $180MM five-year contract extension with Justin Verlander. The deal can be worth as much as $202 million over the next eight seasons. My guess is Kershaw comes somewhere near that $202MM mark. Nice haul for a guy who just turned 25-years-old. So what do you think? Will it be the eight-year $200MM? Will it be more?
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