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Apparently the LA Dodgers are very serious about keeping Clayton Kershaw.

The potential NL CY Young winner was reportedly offered the largest contract ever given to a pitcher: a staggering $300 million dollars early in the season.

Buster Olney of ESPN reports:

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.

The Dodgers' organization isn't afraid to throw out large sums of money to keep their players around. Congrats to Kershaw!

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