Mariners ace Felix Hernandez looks to remain in Seattle for a long time, and his blockbuster seven-year, $175 million contract extension, as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, has ramifications for a pair of Dodgers, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
For one, Greinke's status as the highest-paid pitcher by average annual value in baseball history lasted all of two months, as his six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers (an average of $24.5 million per year) is now eclipsed.
But more importantly, the Hernandez contract sets the bar for Kershaw in any sort of extension talks with the Dodgers.
First, it's important to note that Kershaw and Hernandez are not completely analogous, but it's close. Hernandez was under contract for two more years at a total of $39.5 million, and his new contract will replace that, and he's now signed through 2019.
Kershaw is signed for 2013 at $11 million (plus $2 million deferred from last year as part of his two-year, $19 million contract), and is eligible for salary arbitration in 2014. So in that respect, both Hernandez and Kershaw were looking at free agency after the 2014 campaign, with Kershaw heading into his age-27 season and Hernandez heading into his age-29 year.
Felix Hernandez contract: Clayton Kershaw just got richer
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