The Los Angeles Dodgers and their superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw, to this point, have kept things very close to the vest when it comes to the contract negotiations between the marquee franchise and their franchise player. However, on Saturday, Dodgers owner Mark Walter at least made things clear where he stands on Kershaw, whose contractual opt-out at year’s end promises to be one of the biggest storylines of the year.

“He’s a Dodger,” Walter told FanRag Sports before the Dodgers’ spring training game against the rival Diamondbacks. “He should be a Dodger for life.”

After saying he “absolutely” wanted Kershaw to remain with the team, Walter summed up his feelings this way:

“I couldn’t possibly say anything that hasn’t been said about Clayton Kershaw – He’s something special.”

While Walter’s remark about wanting Kershaw to be “a Dodger for life” can’t be considered a surprise, it’s also the most anyone’s said to this point about the most important off-field piece of business hanging over the great organization at the moment.

Kershaw, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game and still only 29, is one of the most private, too. Yet, he immediately seemed pleased to hear the kind words from the boss, the same boss who signed Kershaw to the $215 million, seven-year deal less than two years into his tenure as Dodgers owner – the one with the opt-out at season’s end.