On the day the Felix Hernandez finalized his $175 million, seven-year contract with the Mariners, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said neither his representatives nor the team have started contract talks for an extension for the southpaw.

Kershaw did say he would prefer to avoid the distraction of contract talks, especially during the season.

"I don't think I'm going to let it go into the season. There's nothing to say yet, but we'll see," Kershaw said Tuesday. "I'm not saying get it wrapped up or saying anything. I'm just saying that during the season I'm not going to talk about it."

Kershaw has led the major leagues in ERA in each of the past two seasons, and led the National League in WHIP the last two seasons as well. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2011.