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Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:03 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 5:04 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a two-year contract extension worth $19 million to the left-hander, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Kershaw still won't be a free agent until 2015, so this contract doesn't change anything along those lines. It does avoid arbitration for next season, too, though. In arbitration this year, Kershaw was asking for a $10 million salary while the Dodgers were offering $6.5 million, so this deal represents a mutually beneficial compromise. Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013 and a $500,000 signing bonus.

At a similar point in his career, Giants ace Tim Lincecum signed a similar deal, but it was a more lucrative two years and $23 million. Of course, Lincecum had two Cy Youngs by that point, while Kershaw "only" has the one he won in 2011.

Kershaw, 23, was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 248 strikeouts in 233 1/3 innings last season. He also won a Gold Glove and made his first All-Star Game.

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TallSexyCute
Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:47 pm
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Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

As a Dodgers fan its good to see them actually doing something beneficial for the club...now we need to secure Kemp and quit signing over the hill platoon players to be our starters



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

I'm a cubs fan so hey not a big whoop to me but its a nice deal.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

Red Sox fan here, so I don't get to see too too much of the Dodgers, but this guy has stuff for days.  He's absolute stud.  Great deal for both the Dodgers and Kershaw.  The Dodgers would do well to make this guy the face of the franchise, along with Kemp.  



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:51 am
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

This contract makes sense for both sides.  It looks very good for the Dodgers that they didn't come off as being cheap with one of their  brightest stars.  The Dodgers could have "saved money" and let it go to arbitration but it would have most likely cost them money in the long run.  With the current ownership situation unsettled the organization wasn't likely to pursue a longer term deal (like other teams have done with young starts).  And Kershaw's agent probably wants to eventually test the free agent market down the road.

LEVERAGE is the key here.  Since Kershaw is not a free agent until 2015 the Dodgers could have renewed him annually until then.  I hope that Kershaw never has that LEVERAGE.  The new owners will have to extend his contract during this upcoming season, especially if he remains injury-free and produces anywhere near last year's performance.

On a side note, I heard from a cousin that Kershaw treated half his teammates to lunch yesterday at La Paloma in Los Angeles as a celebration of his new contract and $500,000 signing bonus.  This guy is not GREEDY.  This guy is generous and giving.  He is an awesome teammate, from everything that I've heard.  AND HE'S A LEFTY!  I can't wait for him to eventually sign his career-long contract extension with the Dodgers in the future.  From what I can tell, we are witnessing the second coming of Sandy Koufax (Braun).  I just hope that Kershaw's career lasts twice as long as Koufax's.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

Wow, I would've assumed a guy like this could command $19 million per YEAR, instead of 2 yearss. Assuming these salary figures are correct, maybe Kershaw should consider a new agent.  With his stats and age he's worth $12-16 million per year in todays market.

Even Kershaw's agent knows that's not right, that is why they asked for "only" $10million in arbitration.  At 23, with 1 great year, and 3 years of arbitration eligibility left you just don't get a raise from the $500,000 he made last year to $19million per year, or ever $12-$16million.  Now a couple more years similar to last season and that $19million/yr figure, or more, will look about right.


eoodgood
Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:18 am
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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:03 am
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

Wow, I would've assumed a guy like this could command $19 million per YEAR, instead of 2 yearss. Assuming these salary figures are correct, maybe Kershaw should consider a new agent.  With his stats and age he's worth $12-16 million per year in todays market.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:53 am
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

Bargain for the Dodgers, this guy is worth much more than what they are paying.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:37 am
 

Dodgers, Kershaw agree to two-year contract

It's certainly a good deal for the Dodgers.  And if he stays healthy he'll get rewarded in a couple of years.  Plus he can get a feel on how the organization is headed in the two years.  Smart move.



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