Clayton Kershaw contract extension with Dodgers gains 'mutual interest'

Friday February 8th, 2013

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.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.