Found October 19, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t want to part with their ace, and they’re willing to shell out the big bucks to keep Clayton Kershaw in a Dodger uniform. Although the left-hander isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season, the Dodgers would like to avoid that impasse to the tune of a lifetime contract in the $300 million range, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Reportedly, the Dodgers approached Kershaw earlier in the season with the contract, but were never able to finalize the details. The report states that the two sides were unable to finish negotiations because “Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing, and about having contract talks during the season.” If the two sides do come to an agreement, and Olney believes that a long-term deal will be completed during the offseason, Kershaw will become the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. Justin Verlander currently holds that title with a seven-year, $180 million contract, and earlier thi...
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