Wednesday, February 27, 2013
NL West extension candidates
By Jason A. Churchill
The National League West isn't flooded with candidates for contract extensions, but there are some superstars that qualify, starting with left-hander Clayton Kershaw, one of the top few starting pitchers in all of baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers don't have many other players that fit the bill, mostly because half their roster is already in the middle of a multi-year contract.
The defending champion San Francisco Giants have Buster Posey's long-term situation to deal with but Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner already have been extended. Tim Lincecum has a lot to prove after a poor 2012, but he'll be in the club's conversations, too. The Colorado Rockies could look to do something long-term with centerfielder Dexter Fowler or even Tyler Colvin. Fowler is arbitration eligible for the second time this offseason and Colvin will be eligible after 2013.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have exchanged thoughts and the club could consider multi-year pacts with right-handers Ian Kennedy, who filed for arbitration earlier this week, and Daniel Hudson, who becomes eligible next winter. Outfielder Gerardo Parra, also set to go through the arbitration process in the coming days and weeks, could be viewed as a value on a two-or-three year contract as a fringe starter and perfect fourth outfielder.
The San Diego Padres are certainly weighing their long-term options with third baseman Chase Headley, who is coming off a career year at the plate and is set for year two of arbitration after earning just under $3.5 million a year ago. He's set for free agency after the 2014 season is likely to be traded or signed to a long-term solution, probably within the next year or so.
The Friars also could consider multi-year contracts for left-hander Clayton Richard, righty Luke Gregerson, outfielder Will Venable and right-hander Edinson Volquez, who is slated for free agency following the 2013 schedule.