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Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton Kershaw essentially a lifetime contract in the range of $300 million—“an A-Rod deal”—earlier this season, according to a source with knowledge of its scope and structure.
The two sides were unable to finish negotiations, sources say, because Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing, and about having contract talks during the season.
But the negotiations progressed enough that there is confidence among some with knowledge of the talks that a long-term deal—perhaps more conservative in length than the massive contract initially proposed by the Dodgers—will be concluded this winter, with a significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw’s choosing.
“Oh, did you say 300 million? I’m, I’m sorry, my mind was elsewhere. I thought you would start with a small amount, then we would bait each other, and, well, you know how it goes. Yes, certainly, 300 million would be fine.” [handshake]
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