Clayton Kershaw doesn't want you to know what Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday, that he and the Los Angeles Dodgers "have made progress" on contract talks that would make him the richest pitcher in baseball history. Once they agree, Kershaw stands to make as much as $300 million.
The key phrase is, in Kershaw's view, "once they agree." He's unhappy that news regarding the negotiations got out before a deal was put into place. Kershaw claims the leak hasn't come from his side of the negotiations, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports:
"I think the reason we've been able to continue discussions this long is that it hasn't been talked about (publicly). Now that it's being talked about, it's a distraction because I'm being asked about it."
Asked if he was upset that some details of those discussions had gone public, Kershaw said. "Yeah."
"I don't love the fact that I have to talk about it."
Leaks and snitches, man! Kershaw hasn't been this mad in ... OK, it's been less than a week since his most recent disagreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw always has seemed like a principled person and a nice guy. But even the Hulk was a nice guy before Bruce Banner got angry. The Dodgers shouldn't want to make Kershaw angry, not with as much as $300 million at stake. Not with the best thing the organization has going for it.
If Kershaw's characterization of the leaks is accurate, it seems more like a mistake the Frank McCourt-era Dodgers would make than the Magic Johnson-era Dodgers. But this episode simply continues a season that has not gone as planned. It's been rough, but it still can be salvaged.
When asked about a new contract, all Kershaw can do is say "no comment." Not only to the media, but also to the Dodgers.