Kershaw not focused on talk of contract extension

Kershaw not focused on talk of contract extension

LOS ANGELES -- Of all the Dodgers storylines this spring, the one that impacts the season the least, but seems to already preoccupy the media, is the likely contract extension of ace Clayton Kershaw.

"If it happens, it happens," Kershaw said last week. "I'm not really worried about it."

Kershaw earns $11 million this year, the second of a two-year deal. He will be eligible for salary arbitration in 2014 and free agency in 2015, but general manager Ned Colletti has said since the Winter Meetings that the club would like to lock up Kershaw.

Colletti repeated that this week, but told MLB Network it would be done "quietly," most likely during Spring Training. Speculation has heated up again with news that the Mariners and their ace, Felix Hernandez, are closing in on a seven-year, $175 million extension.

"I talked with Clayton's representatives before the holidays and I think they have interest," Colletti said. "We'll quietly get that going and see if we can strike a deal to keep him in L.A. for a long period of time."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.