Colletti said that talks between Kershaw and the organization would remain private, but that there was urgency on both sides toward getting a deal done.
“This is not going to be a daily discussion point for us publicly,” Colletti said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “But there is a mutual interest.”
Kershaw, one of the best pitchers in the majors, has one year remaining on a two-year, $19 million contract. He will be arbitration-eligible for the final time next offseason, and the Dodgers would like to get him locked up to a long-term deal.
He could be in line for a contract that exceeds the one reportedly given on Thursday to Felix Hernandez, who agreed to a contract that paid him the most ever for a pitcher. Kershaw finished second to R.A. Dickey in Cy Young Award voting this season after winning the prize in 2011. He has a 2.79 ERA through his first five seasons, including a 2.53 ERA last season.