Deal between Kershaw, Dodgers not imminent
APR 03, 2013 5:04p ET
Kershaw's representatives were known to be discussing a contract extension with the Dodgers in the days leading up to Opening Day.
Kershaw said in spring training that he didn't want negotiations to carry into the regular season. After his spectacular performance in the Dodgers' season-opening victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday, Kershaw wouldn't say if that was still the case.
Kershaw's agent, Casey Close, was also at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Close met Tuesday with another of his clients, Zack Greinke.
The market for high-end starters is as healthy as it has ever been, judging by the deals recently signed by Greinke (six years, $147 million), Felix Hernandez (seven years, $175 million) and Justin Verlander (seven years, $180 million).
Kershaw is under contract for $11 million and will be eligible for salary arbitration in 2014. He can become a free agent after the 2014 season.
— Dylan Hernandez