Clayton Kershaw Signs Three Year, $93M Contract with Dodgers

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A few minutes after the 1:00pm PT deadline on Friday, a group of credited writers announced that a deal between former MVP, Clayton Kershaw, and the Dodgers was met. First reported to Twitter by Tim Brown (Yahoo Sports) and Ken Rosenthal (The Athletic) Kershaw will make $93M dollars over the next three seasons under the new deal made with LA.

In 2018, Kershaw finished with a 2.73 ERA for the Dodgers in 26 starts. This season was the first season since 2010 that Kershaw did not make the cut for the National League All-Star team. Kershaw also turned in a stellar postseason star in the NLDS, shutting out the Atlanta Braves for eight innings complete.

This newly agreed upon deal will replace the two year, $65M deal in place before Kershaw’s choice to opt-out of that previous contract. In doing so, his yearly average pay regressed from $32.5M to $31M, but added an extra year to his credit.

Kershaw’s contract incentives:

– $1M bonus each season when reaching the benchmarks of 24 starts, 26 starts, 28 starts, and 30 starts. The potential of a $4M bonus per year is presented with this incentive.

– $1.5M bonus for winning the Cy Young award; $500K bonus for finishing in the top three in votes for the award.

Clayton Kershaw will be under contract with the Dodgers through the 2021 season.

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.