In the past five days, teams have made nearly $600 million worth of commitments in contract extensions, including shortstop Elvis Andrus’ pending deal with the Rangers.
Don’t expect the trend to end.
The Dodgers remain in discussions with left-hander Clayton Kershaw, according to major-league sources. The Indians continue to talk to second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Michael Brantley, though a Kipnis deal is considered unlikely, sources say.
The flurry of recent extensions is partly attributable to the calendar - players and teams often use Opening Day as a deadline for contract negotiations. But a number of clubs are seeking to lock up additional players, reflecting the game’s rising revenues, sources say.
Starting in 2014, the amount of money that teams receive from baseball’s national television contracts will increase from about $25 million per season to about $52 million. Some teams also are drawing significantly increased revenue from their local television deals.