Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree on $215M, 7-year deal
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told AP.
The deal makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.
Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.
Kershaw would have been eligible for free agency after this season if the new deal hadn’t been reached. He was eligible for salary arbitration.
He was coming off a two-year, $20 million deal.
The Dodgers had baseball’s second-highest payroll last fall at more than $236 million.
Kershaw’s agreement, first reported by ESPN.com, is baseball’s seventh of $200 million or more. Among current contracts, it trails only the agreements of Rodriguez, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto ($251.5 million over 12 years), Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols ($240 million over 10 years) and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano ($240 million over 10 years).
• Left-hander Neal Cotts and the Texas Rangers reached a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.
• The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Josh Outman by signing him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks and right-handed reliever Josh Collmenter avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $2,425,000, two-year contract.
• Shortstop Ruben Tejada and the New York Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.
|Players with the highest annual salaries in baseball history:|
|Player, team||Year(s)||Average salary|
|Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||2014-20||$30,714,286|
|x-Roger Clemens, Yankees||2007||$28,000,000|
|Alex Rodriguez, Yankees||2008-17||$27,500,000|
|Justin Verlander, Tigers||2013-19||$25,714,286|
|Alex Rodriguez, Rangers-Yankees||2001-10||$25,200,000|
|Ryan Howard, Phillies||2012-16||$25,000,000|
|Josh Hamilton, Angels||2013-17||$25,000,000|
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||2013-19||$25,000,000|
|Source: The Associated Press (x-joined club in June, received prorated salary of $17,442,637)|