What once seemed like a sure thing now doesn’t seem that way. The Los Angeles Dodgers want to lock up their young Cy Young winning ace to a long-term contract, but Clayton Kershaw may see things differently.
The rumors of a $300 million contract extension offer to Kershaw being leaked by the media has the youngster mightily upset, and he has now even stated he is intrigued by the idea of free agency. I can understand the free agency comment because honestly, what young player wouldn’t want to truly see what their value is in the open market?
Los Angeles ultimately has the goods to offer Kershaw the most money, but if the Dodgers don’t fix the slight issues with this extension process, they may lose Kershaw permanently after this season.
This leads me to the same thought I have about the idea of trading for David Price. The Dodgers seem to becoming more of an attention-seeker. An awful lot of information has been “leaked” over the past few weeks. The Price trade possibility, the team wanting to sign Masahiro Tanaka and now the once-guaranteed contract extension between the Dodgers and Kershaw is taking a hit. Now I understand Magic Johnson is a Los Angeles Lakers legend, but taking a page from their drama book isn’t going to do one good thing for the Dodgers.
In the long run, I feel that this extension will get done, but now I think it’ll be on Kershaw’s terms. The Dodgers need to start keeping their future plans to themselves because it’s going to eventually get the best of them and start hurting the team.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org