It was bound to happen sooner or later. Clayton Kershaw would have been able to test the free agent market in 2015, but no one expected that to happen. And it won’t, because he and the Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a contract that would pay with the 25-year old $215 million over seven years. It includes an opt-out clause after the fifth year.
The deal bests Justin Verlander’s seven-year, $180 million extension with the Detroit Tigers as the largest for a pitcher in MLB history.
You would get very little argument by saying Kershaw is currently the best pitcher in baseball and his last three seasons would be good support. He’s won two Cy Young Awards during that span and finished second once. Kershaw led Major League Baseball in ERA each season (2.28 in 2011, 2.53 in 2012, and 1.83 in 2013). Twice he topped the National League in strikeouts (248 in 2011 and 232 in 2013) and in 2012 Kershaw was second, by one strikeout. In 2011 and 2012 the left-hander surrendered the fewest hits per nine innings in the league at 6.7 each year. Last season, he was even better at 6.3
You get the idea. Clayton Kershaw is worth every penny, and then some. And now Dodgers fans will get to see him do more of this for the foreseeable future.
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