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Ten years and $300M for Kershaw?

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07:38 AM ET 01.15 | Among the nearly 150 players to file for salary arbitration, National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw likely stands to gain the most. Kershaw, coming off his second Cy Young win, is eligible for arbitration for the final time and is currently on track to be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. To prevent that from happening, the Dodgers and Kershaw have been in discussions over a record-breaking deal that could pay $30 million per season for as many as 10 years. Through arbitration, Kershaw is estimated to earn roughly $18 million coming off a two-year, $19 million contract. ... The next step occurs Friday, when players and clubs exchange proposals for a one-year contract. According to procedure, each player to file is considered signed.

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January 15, 2014  07:51 AM ET
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As much as I like Kershaw, the idea of signing a pitcher for 10 years is absurd, and even frightening. So many pitchers have elbow and/or shoulder trouble. I guess the Dodgers have plenty of money, but...

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Any pitcher's next pitch could be his last. Unless baseball can move to the NFL's contract model, 10 years at $30 M per is ludicrous

January 15, 2014  08:27 AM ET
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+1Any pitcher's next pitch could be his last. Unless baseball can move to the NFL's contract model, 10 years at $30 M per is ludicrous

Any play could be a players last..... it's just dumb doing extended term deals..... some teams are still paying players who haven't played in a few years..... it's stupid.....

January 15, 2014  08:53 AM ET

The money available for salaries in MLB is growing almost geometrically, due to television rights and captive local TV networks in large markets. Even with such payrolls the teams are making big money.
It will never be like NFL contracts without a disastrous strike and neither party wants that, they are all making too much money to screw it up.

January 15, 2014  08:55 AM ET
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As much as I like Kershaw, the idea of signing a pitcher for 10 years is absurd, and even frightening. So many pitchers have elbow and/or shoulder trouble. I guess the Dodgers have plenty of money, but...

The Dodger's will probably take out one of those Lloyds of London insurance policies on Kershaw.

January 15, 2014  09:23 AM ET

I just want to know... what the magic 8-ball says. idiot.

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January 15, 2014  09:50 AM ET
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Any play could be a players last..... it's just dumb doing extended term deals..... some teams are still paying players who haven't played in a few years..... it's stupid.....

The MLB system is insane. That being said, if anyone is worth that sort of insanity, it's Kershaw.

January 15, 2014  10:21 AM ET

It doesn't hurt to ask I suppose. Worked for me a few times.

January 15, 2014  11:11 AM ET
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As much as I like Kershaw, the idea of signing a pitcher for 10 years is absurd, and even frightening. So many pitchers have elbow and/or shoulder trouble. I guess the Dodgers have plenty of money, but...

neither the dodgers or any other team should sign a PITCHER to a ten year contract know why??
the pitcher could have early retirement due to a elbow/and shoulder injuries,unless the team/s have a
guarantee about the pitcher production and that its not going to happen,,

January 15, 2014  11:15 AM ET
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Any play could be a players last..... it's just dumb doing extended term deals..... some teams are still paying players who haven't played in a few years..... it's stupid.....

this is more than crazy,if the dodgers wanted to sign Kershaw then a 5 years contract should be fair enough,but why trying to blow the pitcher with a higher commitment??its more easy for the pitcher to collapse early thanks to the pressure from the front office!!

January 15, 2014  11:47 AM ET
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The Dodger's will probably take out one of those Lloyds of London insurance policies on Kershaw.

Exactly, that's the only way to hedge these long-term contracts.

January 15, 2014  12:45 PM ET

The Dodgers spend money even worse than the Calif. legislature. At least in the Dodgers case it's not MY money.

January 15, 2014  01:14 PM ET
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Any play could be a players last..... it's just dumb doing extended term deals..... some teams are still paying players who haven't played in a few years..... it's stupid.....

Bobby Bonilla chuckles and agrees with you

January 15, 2014  02:16 PM ET
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It doesn't hurt to ask I suppose. Worked for me a few times.

I have a cousin who asked for the sun and the moon specifically so they would stop asking. They gave it to him. You never know.

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January 15, 2014  04:20 PM ET
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+1Any pitcher's next pitch could be his last. Unless baseball can move to the NFL's contract model, 10 years at $30 M per is ludicrous

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