Record-breaking major league contracts were the order of the day, but baseball's newest financial power may yet be heard from. People familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Friday that the Dodgers were having contract conversations with former National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The cost of securing Kershaw long term rose earlier Friday when right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a $180-million, seven-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, and catcher Buster Posey agreed to a $167-million, nine-year extension with the San Francisco Giants. Kershaw has said he doesn't want to deal with any negotiations once the season begins. The Dodgers open the season Monday against the Giants. On Friday, the left-hander would not discuss any ongoing contract conversation with the Dodgers and neither would team President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti. "If it's about contract stuff, I don't want to say anything," Kershaw said. Mark Walter, the Dodgers' chairman, also declined to discuss the negotiations but said he hoped the Dodgers would be able to strike a deal with Kershaw. "He's a great kid," Walter said. "If you don't take care of a kid like him, who are you going to take care of?" Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award in 2011 and came in second last year. He will be paid $11 million this season but is not eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. Verlander was the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner and MVP. But Verlander is 30, and Kershaw is only 25 and the Dodgers would be securing him through his prime.
Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw apparently working on a deal
Los Angeles Times | Mar 30