(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Dodgers fans were likely thrilled to hear the team was deep in negotiations on a contract extension with pitcher Clayton Kershaw. But Kershaw is not too pleased that people found out about the talks.
Over the weekend, there were reports that the two sides were nearing a seven-year contract worth around $180 million. Kershaw was asked on Sunday about the negotiations, and was less than thrilled to hear his negotiations have gone public.
“I think the reason we’ve been able to continue discussions for this long is that it’s not been talked about,” Kershaw told reporters. “And now that I have to talk about it, it’s a distraction because people are talking about it. I guess you’ll have to talk to the Dodgers as to why it came out. I don’t love the fact that I have to talk about it.”
“We kind of had an agreement that we weren’t going to talk about it. It didn’t come from our side. I’m going to hold up my end of the bargain and not talk about it,” Kershaw added.
The Dodgers would be well served to lock up Kershaw. The 25-year-old is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Through 15 starts this season, Kershaw leads the National League in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA.
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Jill Martin, CNN