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The Price For Clayton Kershaw Just Went Up

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Today the Blue Jays signed pitcher Ricky Romero to a contract extension, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

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#BlueJays sign Romero to five-year, $30.1 million extension.

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Romero largest guarantee ever for pitcher with less than 2 yrs of ML service.

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The deal buys out one year of free agency for Romero, in 2015. This is significant for the Dodgers because Romero is in the same service time class as Clayton Kershaw. At the end of the season, Romero will have exactly two years of service time, while Kershaw will have two years, 105 days. Kershaw measures up quite favorably with Romero:

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ERA: Kershaw leads 2010 (3.17 to 3.53) and career (3.29 to 3.94)
ERA+: Kershaw 2010 (122-115) and career (121-107)
Wins: Kershaw 2010 (10-9) and career (23-22)
Strikeouts: Kershaw 2010 (157-132) and career (442-273)
FIP: Kershaw 2010 (3.21-3.40) and career (3.38-3.90)
xFIP: Romero 2010 (3.60-3.92) and career (3.86-3.92)
WAR: Tied 2010 (3.4), Kershaw career (9.1-6.2)

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If the Dodgers want to sign Kershaw to a long-term deal this offseason, they will have to start at five-years, $30.1 million, then go higher.