Dodgers ‘still in’ on Tanaka, even after Kershaw deal

Dec 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson (left) and general manager Ned Colletti at press conference to announce the signing of Zack Greinke (not pictured) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a press conference to announce the new contract of left-handed phenom Clayton Kershaw. The contract is for 7-years, $215 million dollars and includes an opt-out after 5 years. Kershaw, who resides in Dallas, Texas, was not at the conference.

Colletti mentioned that contract extension talks had been taking place since March of last year, but items such as the season, other free agent contracts, trades, and other issues kept getting in the way, forcing the matter to be pushed to this off season. The deal was reported on Wednesday and made official today.

Inevitably, the question of whether the Dodgers would still make a play for free agent Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka came up, and the General Manager didn’t avoid it. Colletti said that he has been in contacts with Casey Close (who also represents Kershaw and Zack Greinke), about Tanaka ‘just about every day this week.’

With the brand new TV deal that the Dodgers have with Time Warner Cable (an $8 billion deal which will see the Dodgers reap $6 billion of), price is likely never an obstacle when any free agents are in the discussion.

Topics: Los Angeles Dodgers

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