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Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw extend contract option deadline until Friday

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw’s representatives seem to be working in good faith regarding the pitcher’s contract situation with the team.

Kershaw had three days after the end of the World Series to make a decision on whether he would terminate his existing contract, which has two years and $65 million remaining. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the two sides have agreed to extend the option deadline until Friday.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported early on Wednesday that most around the league expect the two sides to work out an extension.

Morosi further reported that the Dodgers appear interested in retaining Kershaw.

Kershaw turns 31 in March. The southpaw has spent his entire career with the Dodgers since being drafted by the franchise in 2006. Despite his postseason shortcomings, Kershaw has won three Cy Young Awards and has been a huge part of the team’s success this decade.

The fact that Kershaw did not know the exact details of his option seemed to signify he didn’t have much interest in leaving the team. It seems as if that feeling is mutual.

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