Originally written on Feelin' Kinda Blue  |  Last updated 1/20/12
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Yes.I could easily end the post right there -- and I contemplated it -- but I figure I'd go a little more in depth on the topic.The 23-year-old is asking for $10 million in his first year of arbitration while the Dodgers offered him $6.5 million.That's a lot for a guy's first year of arbitration. It isn't surprising to see the Dodgers come in $3.5 million short of that number.The midpoint is $8.25 million, which would be a fair amount. However, the Dodgers would just be better off trying to sign him to a long-term deal (which probably won't happen until new ownership is in place, i.e. next winter).But his performance in his short career puts him in some solid company.According to Baseball-Reference, his similarity scores of pitchers through age 23 include Vida Blue (a Cy Young and MVP Award winner), Dontrelle Willis (a Rookie of the Year winner and a guy who led the Majors in wins at age 23 and finished second in Cy Young voting) and former Dodger Ramon Martinez (second place ...
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