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Clayton Kershaw contract extension with Dodgers gains 'mutual interest'

Clayton-KershawLos Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on Thursday that there is "mutual interest" between the organization and pitcher Clayton Kershaw on a potential contract extension.

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.

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