Reigning National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers and left-hander Ace Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a three-year deal on Friday that will retain the three-time Cy Young Award winner – whose old deal contained an opt-out clause that he would exercise can week – with the only franchise he has played at least 2021 as a professional.
The new deal between Kershaw and the Dodgers is valued at $ 93 million, which means that the additional year will cost the Dodgers $ 28 million in addition to the $ 65 million they already owed him for 2019 and 2020 higher overall.
Although few in the industry expected Kershaw to reject the remaining two years and $ 65 million for the $ 215 million seven-year contract he signed in 2014, the leverage he had over the Dodgers made it one to one observed action in the days after Dodgers fell in the World Series on the Boston Red Sox.
If 30-year-old Kershaw had opted for a freelance agency, he would have crashed near a marketplace just before the high-end launch vault and teamed with Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and Nathan Eovaldi to form the most desirable destinations.
The Boston Red Sox left-hander, David Price, who defeated Kershaw in the deciding 5th World Series game on October 28, also had an opt-out clause. This week, however, he stated he would not exercise her and instead stay in Boston resuming free agency. The prize (seven years, $ 217 million) and Kershaw are the two highest-paid pitchers in baseball history.
Originally, Kershaw had until Wednesday to decide whether to opt-out, but the sides agreed on a long window of negotiation until Friday to reach the conditions. Though occasionally speculated, Kershaw could drop out to complete his career near his Texas home. Most observers expected him to stay in Los Angeles.
Kershaw, a product of Highland Park High School outside of Dallas, was selected by the Dodgers to be the seventh overall result of the 2006 draft, and in 2008, at the age of 20, was in the main subjects. He won NL Cy Young in 2011, 2013 and 2014 – as well as the League's Most Valuable Player Award in 2014 – and has been an All-Star seven times.
Although Kershaw continues to be an elite bowler, he would have finished seventh with 2.73 ERA this season if he had had enough innings to qualify. He has also dealt with a recurrent back injury that has limited him since 2016 to an average of 162 innings. as well as dwindling speed on his fastball. In 2015, when Kershaw led the league in innings (232 2/3) and strikeouts (301), his fastball average was 93.6 mph, according to FanGraphs. This season it was 90.9 miles per hour.
Kerhsaw, who was fasting in the 90-91 mph fastball, lost his two Red Sox World Series appearances and continued a disappointing trend in October. For his career, Kershaw is 9-10 in the postseason with an ERA of 4.32, though he had ruled the Atlanta Braves on October 5 for eight innings in his only start of the NL Division Series.
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