Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Left-hander Clayton Kershaw received an essentially lifetime $300 million offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the sides were unable to finish negotiations.
Kershaw reportedly was uncertain about committing to such a massive deal.
A shorter and less massive contract than initially proposed by the Dodgers is expected to be concluded with a significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw’s choosing.
It is still expected to be the largest ever for a pitcher, surpassing Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees.
Kershaw, 25, could be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
The seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft, Kershaw has established himself as arguably baseball’s best pitcher, leading the National League in ERA the last three seasons.
In 184 games, he is 77-46, with a 2.60 ERA. He won the Cy Young Award in 2011, and is expected to win again in 2013.