Clayton Kershaw Says His Potential $200 Million Contract Is A Distraction

6/17/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 31, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts giving up a run against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-5 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t spent a lot of money on a player in months, so they’re discussing contracts with Clayton Kershaw.

The ace has apparently been negotiating a nearly $200 million dollar deal with the team, and the news about it leaked over the weekend. Kershaw was not happy about this, saying:

"I think the reason we've been able to continue discussions for this long is that it's not been talked about. And now that I'm having to talk about it, it's a distraction because people are talking about it. I guess you'll have to talk to the Dodgers as to why it came out now. I don't love the fact that I have to talk about it. We kind of had an agreement that we weren't going to talk about it. It didn't come from our side."

Kershaw’s current $19 million deal ends this year, but his new one would be bigger than Justin Verlander’s $180 million, seven-year extension.

Since Kershaw didn’t put the info out there, it can’t help matters that the Dodgers did if he’s this outspoken about it. However, it’s unlikely that any team will offer him that amount of money since hardly anyone is willing to have pockets this deep.

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