Posted June 16, 2013

Report: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw discussing seven-year, $180M-plus deal

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Clayton Kershaw is reportedly discussing the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history with the Dodgers. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have “made progress” on a seven-year contract extension with ace Clayton Kershaw that would make the 25-year-old lefty the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting.

The deal would be worth more than the $180 million the Detroit Tigers gave Justin Verlander before the season. The two sides discussed proposals of 10 years, $250 million and 12 years, $300 million earlier in negotiations, according to the report.

Kershaw is seeking $225 million, but may be willing to come down to a figure still above $200 million, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. He warrants a richer deal than the 30-year-old Verlander and 27-year-old Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who signed for $175 million before the season, because he is younger, according to Rosenthal.

Kershaw, who is 66-41 lifetime with a 2.70 ERA, is in the second year of a two-year, $19-million deal and cannot become a free agent until 2015.

He has pitched more than 200 innings and recorded more than 200 strikeouts in each of the last three seasons, and is currently leading the National League in innings pitched (107.1), ERA (1.84), batting average against (.191) and strikeouts (104).

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6 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Yeah, we have established that the Los Angeles teams are capable and willing to hand out huge contracts. Tell me, how is that working out for you?

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

At some point in time we need to admit the "In your face" attempts to buy a WS's title....lol.

John4
John4

He's 66-41 and seeking $180 Million over 7 years.  Yes, he has some very good stats, but $180 Million?  Wow.  Life is good for Clayton Kershaw.  

drm166
drm166

@John4 If you bring up W-L record in evaluating pitchers, you don't know anything about baseball.