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Report: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw discussing huge extension

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08:52 AM ET 06.16 | First, Felix Hernandez. Then Justin Verlander. And soon, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have made progress on a seven-year extension for Kershaw, and the dollar amount will be above the $180 million the Tigers awarded Verlander, according to major-league sources. The contract would be the largest for a pitcher in baseball history. Kershaw, 25, would warrant a richer deal than Verlander, 30, and Hernandez, 27, because he is younger than both of those pitchers, sources said. The two sides discussed a variety of proposals earlier in the negotiations -- including 10 years, $250 million and 12 years, $300 million, sources said. The deal currently under discussion is more in line with the current market -- and would make Kershaw a free agent again at 32 if it did not include options. Kershaw currently is in the second year of a two-year, $19 million contract.

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June 16, 2013  09:55 AM ET

This kid is really, really good, but a $300MM deal for a pitcher is really, really stupid.

June 16, 2013  10:03 AM ET

If the Dodgers don't address the other 8 positions they put on the field every night it will not matter what they pay Kershaw.

June 16, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This kid is really, really good, but a $300MM deal for a pitcher is really, really stupid.

Agreed on both points.

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June 16, 2013  12:33 PM ET

He may be the one pitcher that warrants a deal this big. He's only 25, has pitched 200+ innings the last three seasons (on his way for No. 4) and he has the hulking frame for the wear and tear.

June 16, 2013  01:01 PM ET

Why ,pitcher's in most cases dont last 12 years, Just because the Dodgers are a rich franchise doesnt mean they need to waste it on 1 pitcher.............

June 16, 2013  02:44 PM ET
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Let the Dodgers do it, it's their future they're sacrificing.

I really don't think the Dodgers would sacrifice anything by giving Kershaw a big contract!!! The Dodgers will always make the money via, tv contracts and attendance!!!

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June 16, 2013  05:33 PM ET

This guy is good.....but they better be sure.

June 16, 2013  06:16 PM ET

Another idiot deal in the making for the Dudgers. No pitcher is worth that kind of money. Not for a guy who only plays every fifth game. For all the hoopla Kershaw has started 15 games this season and the Dudgers have won five of them. It is going to by hysterical in five years when the Dudgers have a $400 million payroll and are in last place - again.

June 16, 2013  06:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This kid is really, really good, but a $300MM deal for a pitcher is really, really stupid.

Possibly.


Go Dodgers.

June 16, 2013  06:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Possibly. Go Dodgers.

I agree. As far as possible.

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June 16, 2013  06:38 PM ET

Best pitcher in baseball.

June 16, 2013  06:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I agree. As far as possible.

LOL

June 16, 2013  06:39 PM ET
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If the Dodgers don't address the other 8 positions they put on the field every night it will not matter what they pay Kershaw.

They tried.

June 16, 2013  06:39 PM ET
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The guaranteed money in baseball is ridiculous.

As is the cap, luxury tax, and 4 hour games.

June 16, 2013  06:44 PM ET
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As is the cap, luxury tax, and 4 hour games.

Whats wrong with a soft cap and a luxury tax?

And what's wrong with the occasional four hour marathon?

I get that everyone hates baseball but I don't know... I think all those things you mentioned are ok. Course I'm a fan of baseball, though.

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June 16, 2013  06:47 PM ET
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How could anyone but the pitcher and catcher get tired after playing 4 hours of baseball?Bored, yes. Tired, not so much.

LOL

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