Let the Washington Nationals claim whatever they want, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the man that is probably the best young pitcher in the major leagues in Clayton Kershaw. He has been consistently dominant for his entire career and he is still in the arbitration years. Considering he is still under arbitration control of the Dodgers until 2014, it might seem like the team has a while to wait. I think the Dodgers should be concerned about the contract now.
Kershaw has stated flatly that he is not going to take place in contract talks during the season. When asked after a spring game if talks were going on now he simply said he didn’t want to talk about it. The Dodgers played the Seattle Mariners recently and their big money ace was on the hill. You have to wonder what Kershaw might have been thinking as he saw Felix Hernandez and his $175 million contract on the mound.
I’m not saying the Dodgers should cough up that kind of money right now. I just think they should offer something to the guy before the season starts. If Kershaw is the type to accept nothing but the highest number, they are in trouble anyway. To be sure he will be expecting more than they pay Zack Greinke since Kershaw is the ace of the staff.
What they should do and what they will do could be two different things. Waiting could be a big gamble money wise. Kershaw could have another dominant season and win the Cy Young award but then again he could struggle which would bring his asking price down a little. Either way, the Dodgers might have very little leverage after the season so they should try to get something done now.