Dodgers Extend Clayton Kershaw to Record Setting Deal

Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a 7-year, $215 million contract extension, Jon Heyman has confirmed. The highly anticipated contract shatters previous pitcher extensions including last year’s deal between the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander, which netted the power pitcher a 7-year $180 million extension.Kershaw led the National League in ERA for the past three seasons, throwing more than 200 innings in every year since 2010, and it was clear the Dodgers wanted to lock him up before he was able to test free agency; the deal buys out his final arbitration year and an additional six years. 

Last year, the southpaw curveball ace finished 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA—94% better than park-adjusted league average ERA (ERA+). His 0.92 WHIP and 232 strikeouts in 236 innings propelled him to his second Cy Young Award in the past three seasons.

The Dodgers lock up Kershaw as a stud number one to complement Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu, who are both signed through the 2018 season. There are rumors they are still interested in at least exploring adding Masahiro Tanaka to their rotation. 

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