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Will Clayton Kershaw become Dodgers' $200 million man?

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09:01 AM ET 08.25 | Clayton Kershaw, $200 million man? The idea nearly became reality earlier this season, when Kershaw was close to signing a record-setting, seven-year extension in the $210 million range, according to major league sources. The Dodgers backed off, though, and the two sides have not negotiated in months, sources said. Talks are unlikely to resume until the offseason, and by then Kershaw's price could be even higher. Kershaw, 25, leads the majors with a 1.72 ERA, which would be the fourth-best among all pitchers with 150 or more innings since the mound was lowered in 1969. The Dodgers remain motivated to strike a deal -- Kershaw, nearing the end of a two-year, $19 million contract, is eligible for arbitration after this season and free agency after the 2014 campaign. The contract Kershaw and the Dodgers discussed would have included an opt-out clause, giving the pitcher the right to become a free agent after five years, sources said.

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August 25, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Go Dodgers!!

August 25, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Maybe the Dodgers are rethinking because of the deals 5 and 32 got with their neighbors and both signings will set the organization back at least 10 years recovering from their screw up.

August 25, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Good money if you can get it

August 25, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Dodgers are printing money. TV is 300 million a year. 7 years may be too long, but they need to keep Kershaw.

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August 25, 2013  10:08 AM ET

As soon as he agrees to any 200 million deal his ERA will take a significant rise.

August 25, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dodgers are printing money. TV is 300 million a year. 7 years may be too long, but they need to keep Kershaw.

Yes the bottom line is that the Dodgers must keep Kershaw!!!!

August 25, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

As soon as he agrees to any 200 million deal his ERA will take a significant rise.

LOL, You haven't seen Clayton pitch have you???

August 25, 2013  10:44 AM ET

I would LOVE to see this kid come back home...


But there's no way the Dodgers let him leave and rightly so.

August 25, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LOL, You haven't seen Clayton pitch have you???

LOL, You haven't seen him sign a $200 million dollar deal yet, have you?

August 25, 2013  11:07 AM ET

The closer he gets to free agency, the more likely he will test the water. Dodgers should have locked him up when they had the chance.

August 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET

I can understand them backing away from the opt out clause. If he wants the chance to get out after 5 years then sign a 5 year deal.

August 25, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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I can understand them backing away from the opt out clause. If he wants the chance to get out after 5 years then sign a 5 year deal.

True, but they gave an out clause to Zack Greinke, so they have shown their hand.

August 25, 2013  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I would LOVE to see this kid come back home... But there's no way the Dodgers let him leave and rightly so.

Where, to the Rangers?? :-)

August 25, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

LOL, You haven't seen him sign a $200 million dollar deal yet, have you?

The year that Clayton is having, the Dodgers will give him the farm and sign him. You don't let a two time Cy Young (winner this year) winner leave your organization.

August 25, 2013  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The year that Clayton is having, the Dodgers will give him the farm and sign him. You don't let a two time Cy Young (winner this year) winner leave your organization.

He really should have won it last year as well. Everyone fell in love with the fluky year Dickey was having, but Kershaw was better. He's only 25 and he's the best pitcher in the league. If they don't throw their checkbook at him, they'd be stupid.

August 25, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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He really should have won it last year as well. Everyone fell in love with the fluky year Dickey was having, but Kershaw was better. He's only 25 and he's the best pitcher in the league. If they don't throw their checkbook at him, they'd be stupid.

I agree!!! IMO Kershaw should have won the Cy Young last year!!

August 25, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I agree!!! IMO Kershaw should have won the Cy Young last year!!

He had a better ERA, ERA+ and WHIP. All Dickey had on him was wins, which was largely a question of run support.

August 25, 2013  12:30 PM ET

Just keep him away from Josh Beckett................

 
August 25, 2013  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

LOL, You haven't seen him sign a $200 million dollar deal yet, have you?

Exhibit A: Justin Verlander

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