08:12 AM ET 04.09 | Clayton Kershaw will very likely break new ground for pitchers when it comes to his contract, but when? [Kershaw] and the Los Angeles Dodgers have kept talking about a contract extension even after the season began, sources say. ... People around the game predict the brilliant left-hander will become the first $200 million pitcher, and there's no reason to think that won't be the case ("I hear they're already over $200 million," one baseball official said, passing along the latest scuttlebutt). Even before Kershaw began this season like the best pitcher in the National League, which he is, the case to top $200 million was strong. Kershaw, 25, has everything going for him in this negotiation.