Posted January 15, 2014

Report: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to $215M extension

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.81 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season. (Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.81 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season. (Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract extension that will make the left-hander the highest paid pitcher of all time, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.

Kershaw’s extension reportedly is worth $215 million over seven years, with an out after five seasons.

Those numbers would exceed the seven-year, $180 million extension Justin Verlander signed with the Tigers last season.

Kershaw, who will be 26 on Opening Day, was 16-9 with a 1.81 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season and has led the NL in ERA for three straight seasons while throwing more than 200 innings in each of the last four years.


17 comments
kj4027
kj4027

Now that he has this new contract watch how quickly he develops shoulder or elbow problems next season.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

The Dodger's new owners want a World Series now.  The Dodgers have an opportunity to return their previous status as the city's biggest sports franchise; with the Lakers looking like they are waiting for Kobe to retire before rebuilding to compete for an NBA title. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

30 million a year are the  Dodgers nuts, Pitchers about every 4 day thats about 75,000.00 per start or about

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

Plus I think they got him on the cheap because if he would of hit free agency another team would of drove up the price

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

For a pitcher? No way! He better win 25-30 games a year with that salary! 

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Highest paid pitcher ever..for now... I imagine either Verlander or another ace will push for more absorbant money and get it. I shake my hand but cant hate at these ridiculous contracts baseball players continue to get...

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Dodgerflip"on the cheap"...  as if there's much of a difference between $215 million and $230 million.


LA FAILS

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

Win loss stat is way over rated buddy

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@Papi Del Negro..... Dont askYou realize Verlander already signed his big extension last year that take him all the way through 2019, right?  Kershaw is in a class of his own (age, track record, hardware, clean bill of health, left-handed).  Another pitcher might sign a bigger contract in total money eventually, but it'll be a while and it might not eclipse $30MM+/year.

JohnHurley
JohnHurley

@Dodgerfliphey buddy, you left us hanging. Can you please supply the idiotic punchline to "win loss is overrated"? Because that's what the Sabrehead guys say. Funny thing pal, he leads the world in nearly every metric- whip, WAR, ERA and wins/losses.  So no matter who looks at this guy says he's the greatest pitcher in almost forever. And I live in Detroit and have to admit that it looks like he's better than Verlander.


MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@JohnHurley@Dodgerflip 

I agree with everything you say.

As for "win loss stat is way over rated," that's written by a SABR-parrot.  Most of these people are incapable of understanding the purported math behind SABR.