Posted August 24, 2013

Report: Clayton Kershaw nearly signed 7-year, $210M deal before L.A. backed off

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(Harry How/Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw’s reported contract offer would have given him the highest annual salary in MLB history. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw nearly signed a seven-year, $210-million contract earlier this season that would have given him the highest average salary in MLB history, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting.

The Dodgers “backed off” from the deal and the two sides haven’t negotiated in months, Rosenthal reports. But the team remains motivated to sign Kershaw, whose two-year, $19-million contract will expire after this season, when he will become arbitration eligible.

The 25-year-old lefty, who is currently leading the majors with a 1.72 ERA, is eligible to become a free agent after the 2014 season.

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From the report:

The contract Kershaw and the Dodgers discussed would have included an opt-out clause, giving the pitcher the right to become a free agent after five years, sources said.

The average salary of approximately $30 million would have been the highest in baseball history, eclipsing Roger Clemens’ previous high of $28 million on a one-year deal in 2007.

The deal also would have been the largest ever for a pitcher, surpassing Justin Verlander’s seven-year, $180 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, and the sixth-highest overall.

In June, Kershaw and the Dodgers reportedly made progress in striking a deal. The pitcher was upset that the Dodgers had leaked the talks between the two sides.


6 comments
josh22
josh22

21 million dollars for his agent... where can i sign up for that job

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

I'm not saying the numbers are appropriate, but if there's such a thing as a "sure bet", Kershaw's about as close as they come. And he'd be getting this deal at a much younger age than any of the other recent monster deals. 

John4
John4

Wow, the numbers are interesting.  Exactly double the contract given to Kevin Browne.  (He was $105 M over 7 years).  The contract sounds too high.  This year, for example, Kershaw has 13 wins.  Figure he wins 20.  Is it worth $1.5 Million per victory?  Even if it is, will Kershaw win 20 per season for the next 7 years?  No.  The reason the Dodgers backed off is the risk and way too high salary.  What is Kershaw worth?  Figure about $96 Million and 4 years.  

SlamaLama
SlamaLama

Yes, go ahead and sign him up for that much. I double dare you. 

SteelyDon
SteelyDon

These teams will never learn.  One out of every twenty of these contracts ends up working out for the team.

kafka45
kafka45

@SteelyDon 30 Million/yr for a PITCHER?!... hell, for ANYONE.  TV $$ has made these franchises idiots.   Sports agents love fools like this.