The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Clayton Kershaw have long been discussing a record breaking contract extension, but the two sides have struggled to find a middle ground.
That may be changing in the near future, this according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal who suggests Kershaw and the Dodgers could finalize a deal by the end of the week.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and left-hander Clayton Kershaw could agree to a record-breaking deal this week.
The Dodgers, according to major league sources, want to sign Kershaw to a contract extension by Friday, when clubs must exchange contract proposals with players who filed for arbitration.
Back in August, the Dodgers reportedly offered Kershaw a seven-year, $210 million dollar deal, but pulled the offer off the table before Kershaw could accept. The deal reportedly would have included an opt-out clause after the fifth season.
If for some reason Kershaw and the Dodgers can’t agree to an extension before the ‘deadline’, Kershaw is expected to be awarded upwards of $20 million dollars in arbitration.
That would break the record of $15.5 million dollars earned by Prince Fielder in 2011.