Calculating Kershaw's worth

The lefty has the best projection in ZiPS history, so he's going to be pricey

Updated: June 18, 2013, 12:02 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

Selecting Clayton Kershaw with the seventh pick of the 2006 draft is one decision the Dodgers should be very happy with. Kershaw has given the Dodgers 66 wins and a 2.70 ERA in 164 starts and just turned 25 years old during spring training.

Now a year-and-a-half away from hitting free agency, the bargain years of Kershaw's contract are over, and the Dodgers have reportedly approached him about a contract extension. To keep the nastiest curveball in baseball being thrown by a pitcher wearing Dodger Blue, the club is going to have to keep that money spigot flowing. The cost of keeping Kershaw will almost certainly be the richest contract a pitcher has ever signed.