Dodgers wrap up Kershaw for 7 more years
- Updated: January 15, 2014
Dodgers ace lefthander Clayton Kershaw has a charity called Kershaw’s Challenge that, among others things, is building a new school for children in Zambia.
Kershaw can now practically afford to feed, clothe and educate all those kids by himself. According to several sources, the 25-year old southpaw has agreed to a 7-year, $215 million extension.
The deal makes Kershaw the best-paid pitcher in major league history and appears to be a win for both sides. The Dodgers didn’t extend themselves out for 10 years, which seems to be the magic number for long-term deals these days, and Kershaw, well, will average $30,720,000 a year. There is also an opt-out clause after the 5th year, so it’s conceivable that Kershaw could draw even more scratch down the line.
Kershaw made $11 million last year and was eligible for arbitration at the end of next season, so that solves that problem. He’ll only be 32 at the end of the deal, assuming he sticks out the length of the contract.
To date, Kershaw has already won two Cy Young Awards (2011 and 2013) and finished second to the Giants’ Tim Lincecum in 2012. Since 2011 he’s gone 51-23 with a combined earned run average of 2.21 and a WHIP of 0.96. Kershaw has led the National League in both categories each of the last three years and paced the league in strikeouts in two of the last three years. In 2011 he achieved the pitcher’s Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Kershaw is the best pitcher in the world right now. And the Dodgers have paid him as such.
Millions of Dodger fans are grinning a big grin right now. So must be millions of Zambian kids.
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