Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw could talk extension in coming weeks
Could Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract only be the second-largest deal the Los Angeles Dodgers give out this season?
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Monday that the organization could begin to talk contract extension with left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw, according to The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez.
Kershaw has one year remaining on a two-year, $19 million contract. He will be arbitration-eligible for the final time next offseason, and the Dodgers would like to get him locked up to a long-term deal.
Colletti: #Dodgers could explore Kershaw extension in coming weeks.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 10, 2012
Any potential deal for the 24-year-old Kershaw could easily surpass both the deal the Dodgers gave to Greinke and the $161 million record contract the Yankees gave to C.C. Sabathia. Kershaw finished second to R.A. Dickey in Cy Young Award voting this season after winning the prize in 2011. He has a 2.79 ERA through his first five seasons, including a 2.53 ERA last season.
The deals for Greinke and South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin give the Dodgers an incredible eight starting pitchers under contract for 2013 — Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.