Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to extension worth $93 million
Clayton Kershaw will stay in the same zip code.
He agreed Friday to an extension that gives him a three-year, $93 million contract that will keep him with the Los Angeles Dodgers through 2021.
Kershaw had two years and about $70 million left on the extension he signed in August 2013, and had an opt-out clause for this off-season.
The new extension includes bonuses.
A three-time Cy Young winner (2011, 2013 and 2014), the left-hander also was the National League MVP in 2014, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA. He's finished in the top five in Cy Young voting every year since 2011.
The Dodgers selected Kershaw seventh overall in the 2006 draft and he debuted in the majors at age 20 in 2008.
The 30-year-old has dealt with injuries in recent years, starting 74 games over the past three seasons. Still, his ERA was an outstanding 2.26 over that span.
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Kershaw and the Dodgers came up short in the World Series in each of the last two seasons. Kershaw lost two games and had a 7.36 ERA in the Fall Classic this year, as the Dodgers lost to the Boston Red Sox.
"People need to be grateful to see a pitcher like that in their generation," Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said of Kershaw, who turns 31 in March, after Kershaw's Game 5 outing. "You might not see one for a while. He might go down as one of the best lefties to ever play this game.
"… I know Kersh will motivate himself to try to get back on that stage next year."
Now if that happens, Kershaw will be wearing Dodger blue.
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