Clayton Kershaw


Most athletes these days try to avoid making specific predictions for themselves when it comes to stats, at least to the media.


VIERA, Fla. — Much as he’d like to keep his mind off it, Jordan Zimmermann couldn’t help but notice the dollar figures being thrown around to fellow pitchers this winter.


In signing Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees are investing in what they hope is the perfect complement to C.C. Sabathia at the top of their rotation.


Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers signed two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a seven-year, $215 million deal, the largest ever for a pitcher in baseball history.


2013 record: 92-70, 1st place in NL West
Manager: Don Mattingly, 4th season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $230 million