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Kershaw talks already above $200 million

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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.

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April 9, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Someone better call Mr. Met immediately.

He needs to inform the Dodgers that we will not be seeing anymore 5+ year/$150m contracts.

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April 9, 2013  09:01 AM ET

There's sooooooooooo much money floating around this game.

April 9, 2013  09:01 AM ET

These are next salary benchmarks I expect to see coming up: $250 mil and then $300 mil. Why? Because although history shows that most long term contracts (more than 4 years) are just not worth it there will always be owners that will say, "This time it will be different."

April 9, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Someone better call Mr. Met immediately.He needs to inform the Dodgers that we will not be seeing anymore 5+ year/$150m contracts.

Man, your long term memory is even more vicious than mine.

April 9, 2013  09:07 AM ET

As long as GREED is in play with players wanted to be the highest paid player in baseball, sponsors paying higher revenues to teams, and fans keep paying higher ticket prices and continue to go to gamers, one day we will be talking about the first Billion dollar player.

April 9, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

As long as GREED is in play with players wanted to be the highest paid player in baseball, sponsors paying higher revenues to teams, and fans keep paying higher ticket prices and continue to go to gamers, one day we will be talking about the first Billion dollar player.

With the mega TV contracts who knows.

April 9, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Man, your long term memory is even more vicious than mine.

Slink don't let go of nuthin'!

April 9, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

As long as GREED is in play with players wanted to be the highest paid player in baseball, sponsors paying higher revenues to teams, and fans keep paying higher ticket prices and continue to go to gamers, one day we will be talking about the first Billion dollar player.

In 1990 Robin Yount was the highest paid MLB player making $3.2 million, 20 years later A Rod was making $32 million per season.... a 900% increase. Sooo in 2030 at that rate the highest paid player will make $288 million a season. If he gets a 4 year contract, he'll in fact become a billion dollar player.

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April 9, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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He won't be around until after the breakfast rush at McDonald's.

then I expect him in about 4 minutes.

April 9, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He won't be around until after the breakfast rush at McDonald's.

*Ding* potato pancakes are done...

April 9, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Man, your long term memory is even more vicious than mine.

I tend to remember a lot of this stuff.

It does go both ways, though. I got into an argument with a guy named Daniel somethingorother on here when he said the Indians would probably trade Cliff Lee in 2009. I didn't think he would because he was under team control through 2010 and the disagreement got a bit heated.

When Lee was traded, I found the guy's account, ate my crow, and sent him the old "you were right, I was wrong" FM.

April 9, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Slink don't let go of nuthin'!

Q) What's the difference between me and a Pit Bull?

A) At some point, a Pit Bull lets go.

April 9, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Q) What's the difference between me and a Pit Bull?A) At some point, a Pit Bull lets go.

Also, 98.7% of Pit Bulls don't have three nuts or bang vegetables.

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April 9, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Slink don't let go of nuthin'!

By the way, how 'bout that Reid Brignac?

April 9, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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why is it greed?the $ is there- either the player makes it or the owner.

I agree with you, which I usually don't, so I thought it was worth noting.

The market bears it, so why shouldn't the players make their share? Why don't you hear people talking about actors' greed when they're making $20+m per movie, which I guarantee is less work than a Major League Baseball season?

April 9, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I tend to remember a lot of this stuff.It does go both ways, though. I got into an argument with a guy named Daniel somethingorother on here when he said the Indians would probably trade Cliff Lee in 2009. I didn't think he would because he was under team control through 2010 and the disagreement got a bit heated.When Lee was traded, I found the guy's account, ate my crow, and sent him the old "you were right, I was wrong" FM.

I, too, have ate my fair share of crow.

 
April 9, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Someone better call Mr. Met immediately.He needs to inform the Dodgers that we will not be seeing anymore 5+ year/$150m contracts.

zing.

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