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Baseball fans were wondering what Los Angeles Dodgers left hand pitcher Clayton Kershaw would do for an encore, after pitching a complete game, four hit shutout on opening day while chipping in at the plate with a home run (does listening to Vin Scully on any call ever get old).  While not quite as impressive, Kershaw followed it up today with a 7 inning performance only allowing two hits, both singles to Pittsburgh Piratest outfielder Starling Marte.

kershawHaving just celebrated his 25th birthday 2 weeks ago, Kershaw seems like he’s been around for 5 years.  Oh yeah, he has, having hit the majors at the tender age of 20 years, 2 months in May 2008.

And his agents (Casey Close and J.D. Smart) are salivating over what could end up being a $30M per year deal.  As for now, negotiations are on hold.  Kershaw stands to make $11M this year, has one more year of arbitration (in 2014), then will hit the free agent market.  This gives the Dodgers one more year to exclusively negotiate.  After that, Pinstripes, Beantowners, or even North-siders will be ready to swoop in.  Given that the Dodgers have had little issue shelling out cash for players, I expect a deal to get done before Spring Training 2014 and I (along with Magic Johnson) expect it to be the highest deal for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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