Clayton Kershaw deserves Joey Votto money right now, no questions asked.
Votto, Votto-matic, whatever you want to call him, has been an vital piece in the Cincinnati Reds lineup since his major league debut in 2007. Since arriving, he has racked up two All-Star selections, an NL MVP award and a Gold Glove.
In return, the Reds rewarded him with a rich contract that keeps him with the Reds until he is 40 years old. From ages 34-39, the man will earn $25 million per season.
Clayton Kershaw's two-year contract extension was a nice gesture. Then again, so is a promise ring you may give to a girlfriend.
The fact of the matter is, a promise ring is no real commitment—it just serves as something to bide some time.
It's time for the Dodgers to formally propose to Kershaw. Here's why.