Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been sensational since coming up to the big leagues in 2008. He has lived up to all of the hype and should be locked up by the Dodgers to a long-term contract.
Despite less than three full years of Major League Baseball experience, Kershaw is already one of the top pitchers in all of baseball and seems to get better each start.
He is not set to be a free agent until after the 2014 season, but he will likely be eligible for arbitration in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
If Kershaw continues to dominate the opposition, he could earn upwards of $8-12 million in each of the next three seasons through arbitration.
On the other hand, if the Dodgers sign Kershaw to an extension before the start of next season, they could eliminate arbitration negotiations and potentially save money.
The Dodgers should sign Kershaw to a long-term deal along the lines of six years and $35 million. By doing so, they could avoid a possible scenario of having to pay Kershaw millions of dollars more because of arbitration.
Therefore, the Dodgers should not only lock up Kershaw, but they also should do it sooner rather than later.
Here are 10 reasons why the Dodgers need to lock up Clayton Kershaw.