Earlier this morning, we learned that Paul Goldschmidt signed with Arizona for five years and $32m. Snooze.
Later, we heard that Justin Verlander signed an extension with the Tigers for $140m in new money. Boring.
After that, it was Buster Posey for nine years and $167m with the Giants. Zzzzzz.
None of that seems all that interesting any longer, because I can reliably report that Clayton Kershaw is going to sign an eight-year, $200m (or possibly slightly more) extension with the Dodgers, possibly as soon as tonight. If so, that would blow away all of us — myself included — who thought that $200m was an unattainable goal, though clearly deals since then have impacted that.
No word yet on the structure of the deal, but if it begins in 2013, as I expect it would, then it would cover Kershaw’s age 25-32 seasons. It’s a ludicrous amount of money, but that is exactly the timeframe I want a pitcher, and Kershaw’s obviously the kind of pitcher (and person) you’d want to lock up for that.
It’s not official yet, but I expect it to be in the next 24-48 hours, if not sooner. Much more to come, no doubt.