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Extend Clayton Kershaw
The Los Angeles Dodgers were seemingly on the same page with Kershaw and his representatives earlier this year, but then the 25-year-old got tired of answering media questions about the negotiations.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Kershaw's contract expectations have presumably gone up following the best season of his already-spectacular career (1.83 ERA, 232 K in 236.0 IP).
The superstar southpaw is headed for his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Sign Masahiro Tanaka
Current Dodgers like Yasiel Puig and Hyun-jin Ryu have proven what enormous impacts international free agents can have.
L.A.'s payroll is over-stuffed already, but whatever the team bids for Tanaka's negotiating rights wouldn't count toward the luxury tax.
The possibility of the right-handed starter becoming a free agent was once in serious doubt. Thankfully, David Waldstein of The New York Times suggests that a resolution is on its way.
Extend Hanley Ramirez
Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reports that the Dodgers have been working toward a lucrative long-term deal with Hanley Ramirez. He's headed for free agency in 2014 and there aren't any notable internal replacements.
Ramirez missed close to half the season due to injury, but contributed a dominant .345/.402/.638 batting line and 20 home runs when on the field.
Trade Away Carl Crawford
Ken Rosenthal tells us that general manager Ned Colletti is open to moving any of his three veteran outfielders: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp or Crawford.
The latter, ideally, would find a new home. At age 32, Crawford is the oldest of the trio and the one with the least power and defensive versatility.