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Clayton Kershaw “loves everything about Los Angeles” and is “always open to talks”

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers during the third inning against the San Diego Padres during a baseball game on Thursday, April 5, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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With the Dodgers throwing around money like never before presumably one of their next moves will be trying to lock up reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a long-term contract extension.

This winter Kershaw and the Dodgers avoided arbitration with a two-year, $19 million deal that pays him $7.5 million this season and $11.5 million in 2013. And once that deal is over he’ll still be under team control for 2014 via arbitration, at which point Kershaw could hit the open market as a 27-year-old free agent.

All of which means there’s no huge rush for the Dodgers to get something done, but once their wallet is open it might not be such a bad idea and for his part Kershaw told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d be open to working out an extension:

Yeah, sure, I’m always open to talks. I’ve had a great time here. I love the guys and I love everything about L.A. I’ll be here for two more years regardless. There’s no deadline or anything, so that’s good.

It’s a different situation because Kershaw still has two-plus seasons of team control remaining, but in terms of an extension buying out his potential free agent years Cole Hamels’ recent six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies would seemingly represent the starting point for any talks.