The benchmark for a Clayton Kershaw seven-year deal was likely set when the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez hammered out a $175 million contract in February.
Kershaw is under the Los Angeles Dodgers' arbitration control until 2014, but he's planning to cut off contract negotiations as the team packs up to end spring training.
"I don't want to talk about it," Kershaw said.
When asked if he might be able to secure a deal before his Opening Day start against the Giants, the left-hander said "Never know."
Kershaw is earning $11 million this season after making $8 million in 2012. General manager Ned Colletti said at the outset of spring training that the sides had "mutual interest" in a long-term deal. Kershaw is represented by the same agency as Zack Greinke.
The Dodgers' payroll ballooned in the offseason, when Greinke signed a $147 million contract, joining 2012 acquisitions Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, who were traded from Boston on Aug. 26 along with utility infielder Nick Punto -- and a bill of about $250 million for the remainder of the four contracts.