Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning in game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw making progress on contract extension

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.

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