Would Kershaw Extension Put L.A. Out Of Tanaka Sweepstakes?
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(1090 The Fan) — Rumblings from Southern California indicate Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw may be getting a record-setting extension to his current contract.
Kershaw, who will turn 26 ahead of the 2014 season, may be on the receiving end of a roughly, seven- to ten-year extension from the Dodgers which could fetch more than $250 million, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. ESPN’s Buster Olney went on record saying the two sides were just about finished with the negotiation process.
Last season Kershaw earned $11 million — and is entering his second year of being arbitration eligible. The earliest Kershaw could become a free agent is 2015.
If the Dodgers were to go all-in and keep Kershaw in Dodger blue for the next decade, it would likely signal they are done with (significant) spending for the 2014 season. And, if L.A. puts its checkbook down, naturally, L.A. would be stepping out of the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. And, if the Dodgers are no longer a threat in the race to land the wizard of a pitcher from Japan, the Seattle Mariners may have caught a huge break in their effort to swoop in and get him.
CBS Sports’ Eye On Baseball writer Dayn Perry had indicated last month that the Mariners would have to outbid the Dodgers in addition to about a half-dozen other teams — half of which are contenders, half of which are not. While the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are always involved in bidding wars like this, the Chicago Cubs and even the Houston Astros may get involved in the spirit of making Tanaka a long-term investment for the franchise.
Whether or not Seattle really wants to keep spending is up for debate. However, last month 1090 The Fan’s Jason A. Churchill wrote about how the Mariners are simply not done spending. Churchill argues the Cano signing (followed by Corey Hart) is not good enough “for the fans” not the “city of Seattle.”
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