“The Record” Clayton Kershaw Contract By The Numbers: How It All Stacks Up
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The verdict is in. Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a 7 YR Extension for $215 Million.
It is the highest Annual Average Contract ($30.7 MIL) in the history of Major League Baseball, topping A-Rod’s previously set deal worth $27.5 MIL.
The deal is also the richest contract ever in Pitching history – surpassing Justin Verlander’s 7 YRs/$180 MIL extension from 2013 – 2019.
It is the 6th highest deal ever in the MLB, and Kershaw becomes the 7th player ever to receive a contract north of $200 MIL.
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The Dodgers signing Kershaw is a sure fire sign things are drastically changing in the MLB. The rich become richer, and are now going to separate from the rest of the pack.
It was a no-brainer on the Los Angeles part. In fact, they were willing to go north of $300 MIL for 10 years, and it was Kershaw who optioned for a smaller year pact, with the opt out after 5 years.
This team has Zack Greinke (21st) signed for 5 more years, Carl Crawford (23rd) for 4 years, Matt Kemp (T15th) through 2019, Andre Ethier (top 60 contract of ALL – Time) through 2017, Yasiel Puig til 2018, Adrian Gonzalez til 2018 (18th) and Hyun-jin Ryu through 2018.
Whether or not this club signs Hanley Ramirez is inconsequential, this club will contend and dominate in the NL West for years to come.
Oh yeah.. don’t think these guys won’t try to sign Masahiro Tanaka either. The Guggenheim Consortium has money to burn – and are ready to throw down any amount of cash to build a dynasty.
The Dodgers are taking advantage of the whole system created by the MLB as a high revenue club.
Even if there are changes coming to the new CBA coming at the end of the 2016, the changes will be grandfathered in – and it is still 3 years away.
The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means signed this offseason)
*1. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)
*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he will forfeit $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.
2. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)
*3. Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)
*4. Robinson Cano, $240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)
*5. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)
*6. Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)
*7. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)
8. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 (2001-10)
9. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
*T10. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
*T10. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)
*12. Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)
*13. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)
*14. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)
T-15. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)
*T-15. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)
*17. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)
*18. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)
*21. Zack Greinke, $147,000,000 (2013-18)
*22. Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18)
*23. Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
24. Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)
*25. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)
26. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)
*27. Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)
*30. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 (2008-14)
T-31 Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)
*T-31 Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
*T-33. Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)
*T-33: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)
*35. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16)
36. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)
T-37. Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)
*T-37. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000(2010-16)
*T-37: Cliff Lee, $120,000,000(2011-15)
*T-37: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)
41. Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)
42.Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)
*43. Jose Reyes, $106,000,000 (2012-17)
T-44. Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005)
*T-44: Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20)
*T-46. Ryan Zimmerman,* $100,000,000 (2014-19)
*T-46 Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22)
T-46 Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12)
T-46 Albert Pujols, $100,000,000 (2004-10)
*Denotes Active Contract
*51. Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)
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