Dodgers reach new three-year deal with Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw will remain a Los Angeles Dodger.
The veteran left-hander agreed to a three-year, $93 million deal with the Dodgers. That works out to $31 million a year, plus even higher bonuses.

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Source: Dodgers and Kershaw have a deal.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) November 2, 2018

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Dodgers-Kershaw agree to three-year, $93-million contract. With bonuses. No opt-outs.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) November 2, 2018


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As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted, this is actually a drop in Kershaw’s average annual value, but he gets an extra guaranteed year and can easily reach it again with incentives.

Under previous deal, Kershaw’s average salary next two seasons would have been $32.5M. He gets an extra year in deal with #Dodgers and average drops to $31M, and total can grow through incentives.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 2, 2018

The expectation had always been that Kershaw would stick with the Dodgers. That is precisely what has happened. The 30-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts in 2018.