Clayton Kershaw has said he’s open to negotiating a long-term contract extension, but the Dodgers’ ace doesn’t want to talk about a deal once Opening Day arrives.
“I don’t think I’m going to let it go into the season,” Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, adding that no negotiations have taken place yet.
Kershaw is making $11 million this season and will be arbitration eligible again in 2014, so there’s no huge rush for the Dodgers to get something done. Still, with Felix Hernandez’s new $175 million extension with the Mariners becoming official today Kershaw (or at least Kershaw’s agent) has to be thinking about becoming the first $200 million pitcher.
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Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain, but he’s about to take a big step toward getting back to action.
Beltre has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games. He’ll commence them tomorrow at the Rangers facility in Surprise, Arizona. After three games the team’s doctors will reevaluate him. If things go well, he’ll likely be sent off for a full minor league rehab assignment.
Joey Gallo has filled in for Beltre all season, bringing a lot of power but not much else to the table. While Beltre is 38, his all-around game would be welcomed back on the field and his leadership would be welcomed back in the Rangers clubhouse. On a personal note, Beltre is only 58 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
Barring a setback, he’ll be back with the big club in early June and will hit the milestone eventually.