The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw may be making progress on a lucrative contract extension that would keep the left-hander with Los Angeles for the next decade. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported that Kershaw, the two-time National League Cy Young Award-winner, could reach an extension that pays him as much as $30 million per season for 10 seasons.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also reported that the two sides are making progress, and Rosenthal said that the Dodgers want the deal to be done by Friday, which is the date that teams and players eligible for arbitration must exchange contract proposals.
Kershaw, who is eligible for free agency for the first time following the 2014 season, is coming off a campaign in which he led the league in ERA (1.83) and set career bests in innings pitched (236) and walks per nine innings (2.0). Kershaw, who will turn 26 years old in March, was drafted seventh overall by the Dodgers in 2006 and has spent his entire career with Los Angeles.
– Spencer Fordin
The line to sign Prince Fielder may start in Seattle. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the Mariners have made Fielder an offer to continue his career in the American League West, the same division that snapped up Albert Pujols earlier this month.
Fielder, an All-Star in three of the last five years, has hit at least 32 home runs in five straight seasons. Fielder is the son of former All-Star Cecil Fielder, and together, they are the only father-son combo to hit for at least 50 home runs in a big-league season.
The younger Fielder, a former first-round draftee, batted .282 and drilled 230 homers and 656 RBIs in his first seven seasons with Milwaukee. The hulking first baseman matched his career high with a .299 batting average last year, and he established a new personal best with a .415 OBP. Fielder has walked at least 100 times in three straight seasons, and for his career, he’s a .279 hitter on the road.
Fielder, just 27 years old, is reportedly seeking a long-term contract that approaches the 10-year deal Pujols signed with Los Angeles earlier in the winter. The Cubs and Rangers may also be potential suitors for Fielder, and Heyman reported Tuesday that the Orioles may also be involved.
– Spencer Fordin