For a Few Dollars More Dodgers May Extend Kershaw
This past weekend The Los Angeles Dodgers reached agreements with free-agents Zack Greinke and Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu totally $ 183 Million, not counting the $25.7 million paid to Ryu’s former team in posting fees.
The Dodgers have added more than $500 million in player salaries since they were purchased by Guggenheim Baseball
The Dodgers have to love that TV money scheduled to come in at $ 240 million per year, and they certainly aren’t hesitant about spending it. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times the team is putting another $100 million into stadium renovations.
Kershaw has led the National League in ERA, WHIP and hits per nine innings the past two seasons.
Kershaw, who won the NL Cy Young award in 2011, finished second in Cy Young award voting in 2012 after going 14-9 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 229 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings.
His ERA has been under 3.00 for the past four seasons.
Kershaw is scheduled to make $11 million in 2013 in the second year of a two-year contract that is worth $19 million.
With that in mind and for a few dollars more Kershaw may get a contract extension sooner rather than later.
Can you say $200 million contract? If you’re the Dodgers, sure you can.