Clayton Kershaw comes to camp in 2013 as he has in each of the last four years, as the leader of the pitching staff. Though manager Don Mattingly hasn't officially named Kershaw opening day starter yet, it seemed Tuesday that it was only a formality, as Mattingly simply hadn't talked to Kershaw about it yet.

But whether he starts opening day or not, Kershaw is the best pitcher the Dodgers have, and the best one they have had in some time. He seems a likely candidate to soon become the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, a subject that dominated talk with Kershaw on Tuesday, the first day of camp.

"I feel great," Kershaw said. "More than anything for the contract stuff, it's just a matter of getting to the spring and getting ready for the season. That's my only concern, getting ready for April 1. All that stuff will take care of itself."