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07:21 AM ET 06.17 | Looking for movement in the tale of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers? There's been some progress in the [Kershaw] negotiations, but word is that he has been seeking about $225 million and talks have gone on too long for people familiar with the discussions to suggest the sides are close to a deal yet. While there's been movement, it isn't known how close the Dodgers are willing to come to the $225 million figure, so optimism can't be gauged at this point. It's also possible he may be willing to come off that figure -- though the deal still has a very good chance to exceed $200 million. It's likely the Dodgers understand the star left-hander should be the highest-paid pitcher, which would put his contract at above the $180 million record Justin Verlander set.

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June 17, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Although he really has had only one outstanding year in his 6 year career (2011), his overall numbers indicate he may be very dominant for years to come, barring injury. So, in this day and age, and considering he is only 25 years old, he is probably as close to a lock as there is for a player to be given a top multiple year money deal.

June 17, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Although he really has had only one outstanding year in his 6 year career (2011), his overall numbers indicate he may be very dominant for years to come, barring injury. So, in this day and age, and considering he is only 25 years old, he is probably as close to a lock as there is for a player to be given a top multiple year money deal.

Add to the mix that he's a lefty and that number should be a lock

June 17, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Although he really has had only one outstanding year in his 6 year career (2011),

Only one outstanding year? You're a hard one to please, jc.

2009 - 171.0 IP - 2.79 ERA - 143 ERA+
2010 - 204.1 IP - 2.91 ERA - 133 ERA+
2011 - 233.1 IP - 2.28 ERA - 161 ERA+
2012 - 227.2 IP - 2.53 ERA - 150 ERA+

I think "2011 was outstanding relative even to his other outstanding seasons," is what you meant to post.

June 17, 2013  09:04 AM ET

From 2009 on, Kershaw has averaged 6.2 innings per start with a 2.52 ERA and 151 ERA+. A case could be made that he's been the best pitcher in the majors over that time.

June 17, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Only one outstanding year? You're a hard one to please, jc.2009 - 171.0 IP - 2.79 ERA - 143 ERA+2010 - 204.1 IP - 2.91 ERA - 133 ERA+2011 - 233.1 IP - 2.28 ERA - 161 ERA+2012 - 227.2 IP - 2.53 ERA - 150 ERA+I think "2011 was outstanding relative even to his other outstanding seasons," is what you meant to post.

Ahem, yep, one "OUTSTANDING" (my caps) year and "his overall numbers indicate he may be very dominant for years to come".

I am a dwindling crop of folk but I still feel wins count for something. I agree his other numbers, ERA, WHIP, etc.,.. are excellent, and, I also agree those numbers have to be considered in the toal equation, and final analysis, but, what makes 2011 outstanding is the 21-5 record along with that superlative WHIP of 0.97 and K/W rate of 4.6 to1.

June 17, 2013  10:00 AM ET

What's the rush? He is not a free agent until after the 2014 season. It is not like there are a lot of teams who can even consider his demands. Wait it out for Petes sake Dodgers. Any pitchers arm could go bad tomorrow.

June 17, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

From 2009 on, Kershaw has averaged 6.2 innings per start with a 2.52 ERA and 151 ERA+. A case could be made that he's been the best pitcher in the majors over that time.

I agree he has been, and very well may continue to be, very dominant.

June 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ahem, yep, one "OUTSTANDING" (my caps) year and "his overall numbers indicate he may be very dominant for years to come". I am a dwindling crop of folk but I still feel wins count for something. I agree his other numbers, ERA, WHIP, etc.,.. are excellent, and, I also agree those numbers have to be considered in the toal equation, and final analysis, but, what makes 2011 outstanding is the 21-5 record along with that superlative WHIP of 0.97 and K/W rate of 4.6 to1.

I'm with you on wins counting for something but only when comparing the older players to now.

The bullpen cost Kershaw plenty of wins.

June 17, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I agree he has been, and very well may continue to be, very dominant.

<fingers crossed>

Go Dodgers.

June 17, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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What's the rush? He is not a free agent until after the 2014 season. It is not like there are a lot of teams who can even consider his demands. Wait it out for Petes sake Dodgers. Any pitchers arm could go bad tomorrow.

I understnad your point but .... I don't know anything about Keshaw's ego, or demeanor, but by waiting they could possibly rankle his feathers and he might just tell the Dodgers let me see what I am worth on the open market.

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June 17, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

<fingers crossed>Go Dodgers.

Agreed. As far away as possible.

June 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agreed. As far away as possible.

WWJ!!

June 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agreed. As far away as possible.

WWJ!!

June 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Damn lag.

June 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

**** the Dodgers.

Meanie.

June 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

WWJ!!

Sorry. Had to.

June 17, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Sorry. Had to.

I'd be disappointed if you didn't.

LOL

June 17, 2013  10:11 AM ET

I am keeping my record strong by being the first deleted comment by the mods on a daily basis. Woo hoooo! And honestly, I ain't even saying anything worth deleting in my opinion.

 
June 17, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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I am keeping my record strong by being the first deleted comment by the mods on a daily basis. Woo hoooo! And honestly, I ain't even saying anything worth deleting in my opinion.

LOL

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