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L.A. Daily News: Deal Kershaw for Halladay. World: Learn baseball!

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The Los Angeles Daily New’s Tom Hoffarth wrote a piece a couple days ago called, “Thanks for all, Kershaw, but Dodgers now need a Halladay.” In it, Hoffarth chronicles the reasons the Dodgers shouldn’t hesitate to trade off their young lefty, Clayton Kershaw, for Toronto’s former-Cy Young and bonafide workhorse, Roy Halladay.

THINK/RESEARCH BEFORE YOU WRITE!If Hoffarth were a general manager, he’d be fired.

Hell, if Hoffarth’s editors even read what he wrote, he’d be fired.

At 21-years-old, Kershaw holds a 2.76 earned run average in just his second season in the majors. In the 21 games he’s started in 2009, he’s given up four or more earned runs only three times. All of those less-than-stellar outings occurred during the first month or so of the season.

Kershaw has recently been more consistent than the man Hoffarth argues he should be traded for. Over his last nine starts, Kershaw has allowed two or fewer earned runs. He is 5-0 with a 0.79 ERA during that stretch. He leads the National League in hits allowed per nine innings.

On April 15 of this season, Kershaw struck out 13 and walked just one in an outing against the San Francisco Giants. One long-time Dodger’s fan took it upon himself to research just how many other lefties had accomplished such a feat of domination. He found just 20 pitchers in the last 55 years, among them Koufax, Carlton, Johnson, Blue, Hamels, Santana, Lolich, and Guidry; pitchers recognizable by last names only.

And while it’s always difficult to predict someone’s career based on one performance, it certainly appears that Kershaw may have a few more good seasons under his belt.

Kershaw is under control for the next two seasons at the low renewal price of approximately $400 thousand. He’s then under arbitration control for the next three, meaning he’ll be 26-years-old until he commands big money for the first time.

Roy Halladay, on the other hand, is already 32-years-old. His ability to eat innings with extreme effectiveness certainly makes him valuable to any team, but next year he will earn at least $15.25 million. It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than that to retain him any further than 2010.

For 3% of Roy Halladay’s contract, would giving up Clayton Kershaw be worth it?

1+ year of Halladay ≠ 5 years of Kershaw.

$15.25 million for a year or so.

$15.25 million for a year or so.

Cheap for five seasons.

On the cheap for five seasons.