“The Record” Clayton Kershaw Contract By The Numbers: How It All Stacks Up

Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a 7 YRs/$215 MIL extension t- that will run through the years of 2014 - 2020 with the LA Dodgers.   The deal is slated for an opt out clause after the 2018 season by Kershaw, when he will be only 30 years old.

Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a 7 YRs/$215 MIL extension – that will run through the years of 2014 – 2020 with the LA Dodgers. The deal is slated for an opt out clause after the 2018 season by Kershaw, when he will be only 30 years old.  The terms go like this for years.  2014:  $22 MIL ( $18 MIL signing bonus is part of that), 2015: $30 MIL, 2016: $32 MIL, 2017 and 2018 he will earn $33 MIL).  From here that will have been $150 MIL for the 1st 5 years of the contract.  If Kershaw remains past this, the deal pays $32 MIL in 2019 – and finally $33 MIL in 2020.

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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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Kershaw's also holds several provisions and bonuses.  If the LHP will make $1 MIL for every Cy Young he collects from this point forward, and also 500K each time he finishes 2nd or 3rd in Voting.  If you are scoring at home, he has 2 Cy Young's and a runner-up in the last 3 years, that if he duplicates that again from 2014 - 2016, he would earn $2.5 MIL in additional salary.

Kershaw’s also holds several provisions and bonuses. If the LHP will make $1 MIL for every Cy Young he collects from this point forward, and also 500K each time he finishes 2nd or 3rd in Voting. If you are scoring at home, he has 2 Cy Young’s and a runner-up in the last 3 years, that if he duplicates that again from 2014 – 2016, he would earn $2.5 MIL in additional salary.  The 6 Year Veteran, has the right to veto any trade during any regular season, and  also has a $3 MIL trade clause if he is ever traded in the offseason, and once he is done that next year for the acquiring club, he can void out the remainder of his contact.  It certainly looks like he will be in LA for a long time based on these stipulations

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)

*19. Jacoby Ellsbury , $153,000,000 (2014-2020)
20. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 (2008-15)

*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)

*28.  Shin-Soo Choo, $130,000,000 (2014-20)
*29. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)


*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

*51Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)

52. Carlos Zambrano, $91,500,000 (2008-12)
53. Mike Piazza, $91,000,000 (1999-2005)

Clayton Kershaw has been the best Starting Pitcher in the last 3 years.  He has netted 3 straight NL ERA titles, and has compiled a record of 51 - 23 (.716).  Kershaw established a career best ERA in 2013, with a mark of 1.83.  The 25 Year Old has also lugged 697 IP in that time frame.  The man has a lifetime record of 77 - 46 (.626) with an ERA of 2.60

Clayton Kershaw has been the best Starting Pitcher in the last 3 years. He has netted 3 straight NL ERA titles, and has compiled a record of 51 – 23 (.716). Kershaw established a career best ERA in 2013, with a mark of 1.83. The 25 Year Old has also lugged 697 IP in that time frame. The man has a lifetime record of 77 – 46 (.626) with an ERA of 2.60.  Kershaw has led the NL in SO in both of his Cy Young years of 2011 and 2013, and has led the league in WHIP over the last 3 years, being under 1.00 for the entire span.

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