Clayton Kershaw isn't performing as though he has other things on his mind.
But the Los Angeles Dodgers' ace says that having to discuss ongoing contract negotiations has become a distraction after it was reported by ESPN and other media over the weekend that he had made progress with the team on a landmark deal that could be worth nearly $200 million.
"I think the reason we've been able to continue discussions for this long is that it's not been talked about," Kershaw said Sunday before the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Pirates, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"And now that I'm having to talk about it, it's a distraction because people are talking about it," Kershaw said. "I guess you'll have to talk to the Dodgers as to why it came out now. I don't love the fact that I have to talk about it."
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Don't really think this will really affect getting a deal done in the end.