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Report: Dodgers offered Clayton Kershaw 'A-Rod deal'

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09:09 AM ET 10.20 | The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton Kershaw essentially a lifetime contract in the range of $300 million -- "an A-Rod deal" -- earlier this season, according to a source with knowledge of its scope and structure. The two sides were unable to finish negotiations, sources say, because Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing, and about having contract talks during the season. But the negotiations progressed enough that there is confidence among some with knowledge of the talks that a long-term deal -- perhaps more conservative in length than the massive contract initially proposed by the Dodgers -- will be concluded this winter, with a significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw's choosing.

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October 20, 2013  09:40 AM ET

..significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw's choosing.



If this ends up being the case, we need a few statues of this guy around the country to give people someone decent to admire.

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October 20, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Could not agree more with th two comments above.

October 20, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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locking up a 25 year old stud pitcher is far different than re-upping a well over 30 + year old a contract into his 40s

But the key word is "pitcher". Very dangerous risk, even for a great one like Kershaw. I would have no problem doing this with Mike Trout, but a young pitcher who has already thrown almost 1,200 innings in his career, not so sure. Dodgers have a tough call to make.

October 20, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Kershaw is a face of the franchise player. They are rare and are handled very differently than other players. Mauer in Minnesota and Jeter in NY. Yes, Trout will fall into that category when it's time to get paid; as will Harper in Washington.

October 20, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Kershaw is a face of the franchise player. They are rare and are handled very differently than other players. Mauer in Minnesota and Jeter in NY. Yes, Trout will fall into that category when it's time to get paid; as will Harper in Washington.

True, but paying Mauer hasn't worked out so well for the Twins.

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October 20, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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its a fair pointbut still- at 25....every team in the league (that actually tries to get FA's) would offer him a mega deal- so in this case- you need to make that investment-IMO- the guys that were let loose as youngsters (not coddled) and were able to get through their first 3-4 years have all done pretty well .....king felix, verlander, etc.

Heck, I'd give him $30M a year, but for no more than 7 years.

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October 20, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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sure in a perfect world-but this is the new Yankee-west dodgers you NEVER let a stud young player walk just for $even if it is 10 years- that puts him only at 35

Are they paying attention to what's happening in the Bronx?

October 20, 2013  10:58 AM ET

The tea will take out one heck of an insurance policy if they go that for to keep him. Then again, maybe it is not about money to the dodgers at all.

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October 20, 2013  11:42 AM ET

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October 20, 2013  01:15 PM ET

If the Dodgers sign Kershaw for $300,000,000.00, I wish them the same success the Yankees are enjoying with A-Rod.....

October 20, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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Are they paying attention to what's happening in the Bronx?

You mean making the playoffs 16 times in 18 seasons?

October 20, 2013  01:18 PM ET
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sure in a perfect world-but this is the new Yankee-west dodgers you NEVER let a stud young player walk just for $even if it is 10 years- that puts him only at 35

Absolutely. Even if Kershaw tanks or gets injured, the Dodgers can absorb the salary. You have possibly the best pitcher in the game plus he's a lefty.

Pay the man and hold your breath. I would hope they could convince him to accept a 7 or 8 year deal. Maybe make a 10 year offer but make years 9 and 10 team options with a significant buyout to induce him to sign.

October 20, 2013  01:19 PM ET

I refer to the drug-user and drug-pusher who is a disgrace to the Yankees, to MLB, to fans, and to himself.....

October 20, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Blows up his arm and needs Tommy John, then what?

October 20, 2013  01:45 PM ET
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Blows up his arm and needs Tommy John, then what?

Then we'll see him in a year, possibly throwing harder after the surgery.

 
October 20, 2013  02:10 PM ET
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Then we'll see him in a year, possibly throwing harder after the surgery.

That's a lot of money to watch him sit on the bench, and it if happens mid season he misses two seasons.

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