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Kershaw may cost Dodgers $200 million

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08:11 AM ET 02.13 | At what point will the Dodgers look to lock up Clayton Kershaw, and at what cost? The price tag seemed to go up with this week's announcement that the Mariners and Felix Hernandez had reached agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract extension. Even before that, there had been speculation that the 24-year-old Kershaw could be the first pitcher to reach the $200 million mark, a prospect he shrugged off Tuesday. ... Kershaw said he hasn't given much thought to how much he wants to make or how long he wants his next contract to run -- then admitted he was being disingenuous with that. "I have (thought about it). I'm being polite," he said of his attempt to deflect the topic.

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February 13, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Yoicks! 200 million is quite a pile of dough.

February 13, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Baseball is headed in a direction that could kill the game, because these so call small market teams cannot compete with the big market teams to pay these ridiculous contracts a lot of them are getting.

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February 13, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Baseball is headed in a direction that could kill the game, because these so call small market teams cannot compete with the big market teams to pay these ridiculous contracts a lot of them are getting.

Don't really agree. The larger market teams definitely have a larger margin for error but the reality is that what has changed is the spread between the Yankees and the rest has shrunk.
This is your new Tier ! if you will where before the Yankees were all by themselves
Yankees
Dodgers
Red Sox
Phillies
Angles

February 13, 2013  09:31 AM ET

This guy is on track to be a Hall of Famer is he stays healthy. At least he's worth over paying.

February 13, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Don't really agree. The larger market teams definitely have a larger margin for error but the reality is that what has changed is the spread between the Yankees and the rest has shrunk. This is your new Tier ! if you will where before the Yankees were all by themselvesYankeesDodgersRed SoxPhilliesAngles

And there are organizations that don't have the money resources and still compete, Rangers, Tigers, Cardinals, Rays, Reds.....

It's still doing well.

February 13, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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This guy is on track to be a Hall of Famer is he stays healthy. At least he's worth over paying.

Looks that way. He should have a great career... but just like all futures - we cannot see past the end of our noses.....

February 13, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Looks that way. He should have a great career... but just like all futures - we cannot see past the end of our noses.....

Correct. Look at the next thread. Timmy boy looked like a future HoFer two years ago. Now, not so much.

February 13, 2013  10:10 AM ET

I knew what I was going to say before they started running the SI Swimsuit Rookie Of The Year deal on the side.

February 13, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Oh yeah, now I remember....these long term high salary guaranteed contracts are just insane.

February 13, 2013  10:30 AM ET

I am really sad for baseball right now. They can't elect anyone to the Hall of Fame because all the voters have personal agendas, there are closet steroid users that haven't been caught (or are being protected by MLB to prevent Pandora's Box from opening) and these salaries are getting way out of hand. This sport needs a salary cap so bad its not even funny. The powers that be tried, and there ended up being a strike. If they try again, baseball will shut down for a long time because the players and union aren't having it. Half of these guys who get these big contracts don't live up to them or get hurt, and these teams will be stuck with them.

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February 13, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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Not sure why you'd say that, the dogers and angels have become Yankee westNothing has changed but the area code where the big $$$ is being spent.The game has been going great the last few years

Not sure why YOU'D say The Dodgers and The Angels are small-market teams........

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February 13, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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Baseball is headed in a direction that could kill the game, because these so call small market teams cannot compete with the big market teams to pay these ridiculous contracts a lot of them are getting.

You don't need to type slower, I understood (unlike others) what you are saying. There are some small market teams that do contend though. The A's seem to make the playoffs every year with one of the lowest payrolls in the league.

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February 13, 2013  12:33 PM ET
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You don't need to type slower, I understood (unlike others) what you are saying. There are some small market teams that do contend though. The A's seem to make the playoffs every year with one of the lowest payrolls in the league.

If Billy Beane had ended up in a big market like New york, boston, philly, or LA it would not even be a competition. The guy competes with half of the payroll of the other teams. One day he will get a new stadium and have some revenue to spend.

February 13, 2013  01:12 PM ET

wiseup: The dodgers and Angels spend a 100 mil. here 175 mil there 200mil again another150mil somewhere else. Soon you are talking big money. Spending 200 million on a pitcher is risky. If Kershaw tears up an elbow you have a big chunk of cash on the sidelines. Hopefully that doesn't happen, but with pitchers you never know.

February 13, 2013  02:32 PM ET
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when did I say that ?I said the LA teams have taken over the yankee role as the biggest spendersdo YOU need me to type slower?

Certainly not, I just need - or rather request - that you lay out your thoughts more coherently, you made it sound as if the Dodgers and the Angels are suddenly spending money as if they were small market teams now spending big market money, they've ALWAYS been big market (LA has been #2 market since the dawn of sports time)...............oh and lighten up Francis.

 
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