Clayton Kershaw doesn’t want to talk contract once the season starts

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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.