Next aces in line for extensions

With Felix Hernandez now off the market through the 2019 season, aces such as Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw could be the next to get long-term contracts. Both clubs are run by aggressive ownership and have been known to spend big on free agents and/or have taken on money via trade, suggesting they'll be ready to make sure their best pitchers don't even get to free agency.