Magic Johnson says Dodgers would pay Clayton Kershaw, not Robinson Cano

October 4, 2013

Magic Johnson held court before Game 1 of the National League Division Series. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are likely to focus on retaining pitcher Clayton Kershaw rather than doing some high-priced shopping for, say, Robinson Cano, owner Magic Johnson said Thursday night.

Not that he could address Cano just yet. Soon, though, the New York Yankees’ second baseman is likely to hit the free-agent market, seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $300 million.

“Though I can’t talk about it,” Johnson said (via CBS Sports.com), “that other guy in New York is going to get paid. Not by us, but he’s going to get paid.”

That would remove one of the handful of major league teams that could afford to give Cano, Roc Nation and Jay Z what he reportedly is seeking.

As for Kershaw, he and the Dodgers were believed to have been talking this summer about a deal in the vicinity of $200 million. That’s a figure that Johnson and the rest of the Dodgers’ ownership group realizes is only going to rise with every step forward the team makes in the playoffs. Kershaw was the winner of Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, allowing one run over seven innings with 12 strikeouts. The team already has the highest payroll in the National League.

“We already know we’ve got to give him a lot of money. What’s a few more zeroes?” Johnson said. “I’m hoping we give him a lot of money.”

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