Report: Dodgers offered Clayton Kershaw $300 Million

Move over Alex Rodriguez, there’s a potential new $300 million dollar man. As the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from the playoffs last night thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals, reports are indicating that the Dodgers tried to eliminate Clayton Kershaw’s contract as one of their problems as well.

The report, according to ESPN, citing a source says the Dodgers offered pitcher Clayton Kershaw an “A-Rod deal”. Rodriguez could make up to $305 million with contract incentives, which may be hard to do with his pending suspension. Additionally, the report states that Kershaw and the Dodgers could not complete the deal as the 25-year old pitcher was not fully confident in investing into a long-term deal, and did not want to negotiate in season.

If a deal is complete, it is believed that Kershaw will sign the biggest contract for a pitcher in MLB history. Among active pitcher-contracts in which Kershaw would beat out are: CC Sabathia (7-year $161 million), Justin Verlander’s extension (2019; $180 million), and Felix Hernandez (7-year $175 million).

Since Magic Johnson and his ownership group bought the Dodgers, their payroll has tripled.

Since being drafted seventh overall in 2006, Kershaw is 77-46, with a 2.60 ERA, and has piled up 1,260 strikeouts in that time. The Dodgers were eliminated in the NLCS by the St. Louis Cardinals this post-season but figured to be an NL favorite for the 2014 season.

First things first in Los Angeles, get their young pitcher locked up for a “lifetime contract”.

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