Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 2/12/13
PHOENIX Clayton Kershaw is open to negotiating a new contract with the Dodgers but doesnt want the talks to continue beyond spring training. I dont think Im going to let it go into the season, he said. Kershaw reported to the Dodgers spring training facility Tuesday with the teams other pitchers and catchers. He said he and the team still havent opened negotiations. Kershaw is under contract for 11 million this year and will be eligible for salary arbitration next year. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Kershaw said he wasn't worried about the amount of industry talk over how lucrative his potential contract might be. There is widespread speculation that a new deal could exceed the 200-million mark. It doesnt bother me because its not true, he said. Its people talking. It really doesnt bother me. I dont love that its in the paper. But at the same time, I know thats the game, so its just not letting it bother you. Kershaw acknowledged that he has an idea of what kind of deal he wants but said his focus is on preparing himself for the upcoming season. For me, thats really my concern at this point, getting ready for April 1, he said. All that stuff will take care of itself. -Dylan Hernandez
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