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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.


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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).

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• 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.

Richie Riches
Players with the highest annual salaries in baseball history:
Player, teamYear(s)Average salary
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers2014-20$30,714,286
x-Roger Clemens, Yankees2007$28,000,000
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees2008-17$27,500,000
Justin Verlander, Tigers2013-19$25,714,286
Alex Rodriguez, Rangers-Yankees2001-10$25,200,000
Ryan Howard, Phillies2012-16$25,000,000
Josh Hamilton, Angels2013-17$25,000,000
Felix Hernandez, Mariners2013-19$25,000,000
Source: The Associated Press (x-joined club in June, received prorated salary of $17,442,637)


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