Clayton Kershaw Signs For Only Some of The Years and Some Of The Dollars

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It says a whole lot about both the greatness of Clayton Kershaw and the financial health of the game in general that the Dodgers just signed him to a $215 million extension over seven years, and my reaction is, “wow! that’s not that bad!” Think about that. Two hundred and fifteen million dollars, and I’m wondering if he could have managed more.

And it might not even be $215m, since it comes with an opt-out after the fifth year, which would be after his age-30 season. You’ll probably hear why that’s a bad thing, because it means that he could leave, but it’s really not: if he does, it means you signed Kershaw to a five-year contract when every rumor said he’d require ten.

This does more than lock up the best pitcher in baseball, by the way. It avoids an entire season of “does he want to stay? does he want to go?” annoyance. It avoids distraction. It avoids questions about his relationship with the team. It keeps the focus on the field, and it just had to be done before the season got going.

This, I can say without reservation, is a great contract. It’s the next one — when he’s in his 30s and probably gets $300 million — that might scare me. But for a team with no budget limit to lock up a man who is well on his way to being one of the best pitchers in the history of the game for his age 26-30 seasons, at the very least, well, this was a no-brainer. It had to be done. It’s done.

Next stop: Tanaka. Is that greedy? Probably. It’s good to be a Dodger fan. But it’s better to be Clayton Kershaw.

418 comments
JonathanLingo
JonathanLingo

If I was Kershaw, I'd have the Barrett-Jackson auto auction on speed dial right now.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

you guys are making me sneeze. a lot. stop it. 

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

is anyone worried how dating Bill Clinton is going to impact Matt Kemp's production this season?

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

 Remember when goat went serious? I never like sequels.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I can't wait for kyles version of helpdesk!

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

What are some of the possible prizes we can expect in the upcoming contest?

KMT59
KMT59

anyone thinking about going to opening day stateside in San Diego

Catfishin
Catfishin

@ JohnM Videogame sequels tend to improve on their predecessors, unlike films. I find this dichotomy interesting. Yes.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@ JohnM prequel:

Goat gets yelled at for being too damn immature. has life changing outlook for the next day or so 

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

@KMT59 I was wondering when individual tickets for  the Pad's were open to the public?

KMT59
KMT59

@Catfishin @dodgersdan even saying everyone donate a dollar to me so I can send it to Mike so he can get the giveaway gift