Which worked out well in the first year of his deal, and leaves you wondering exactly where they are headed with left-handed ace
Kershaw, 25, is going to become stupidly rich, the only question being exactly how stupidly rich. He is arbitration-eligible for 2014, and then if the Dodgers don't sign him to a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after next season.
Kershaw has been tight-lipped about contract talks with the team, so it’s difficult to get a definitive feel for where he’s at. It would be easy to pick up mixed signals from his comments to The Times’ Dylan
At first you just assume the Dodgers will ultimately work this out because, you know, they sort of have to. Walter and his Guggenheim group have already pushed the Dodgers to a record payroll and it's hard to fathom that they would let a rare prize like Kershaw get away.
Yet it's not hard to make the argument that the attempted signing of Kershaw looms as a no-win situation for the Dodgers.
Let’s take a breath here. For $300 million you could almost buy the
The record contract for a pitcher is the $180-million extension the
Kershaw brings something of a dilemma to the Dodgers. While it's pretty much understood he's going to surpass the contracts of Verlander (who's five years older) and Hernandez (two years older), at what point do the numbers become ludicrous?
Remember, "pitchers break." Kershaw threw almost 275 innings last season. And in 2012 he had to overcome foot and hip issues.
Still, Kershaw offers a unique package for the Dodgers. He is on the verge of winning a second
How could the Dodgers possibly let him go?
“We already know we have to give him a lot of money,” co-owner
Are clubs really signing elite pitchers to seven-year deals and expecting them to be healthy and effective the length of their contracts, or just feeling that's the going rate?