Kershaw Signs Extension

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Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers just agreed on a seven year contract worth 210 million dollars, with an opt-out clause after five years.

Is he worth $30,000,000 per year? I guess so… it’s only a little more than the price for a family of four to get an annual pass to Disneyland.

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24 Responses to Kershaw Signs Extension

  1. 32and53fan says:

    It’s a done deal!

  2. crash24now says:

    Woohoo! It’s about time!

    Is he worth $30,000,000 per year? Well, let’s see..

    1. It’s not my money.
    2. That’s a big chunk of change – major league players can definitely earn a lot of cash – it is only worth the $$$$’s if they can convert it to lots of TV viewership and lots of ads sold.
    3. Is Kershaw worth more than the $28 million per year that Verlander makes? Yeah, an additional $2M for Kershaw makes sense on a relative basis.

  3. You said it, Crash – it is about time! I am one very happy Dodger fan.

  4. kahliforni says:

    Next up, a contract extension for 32and53fan for all his great work on this blog, especially with Weisman riding into town on his new blog.

  5. enchantedbeaver says:

    I like this deal. Locks him up through his 30th birthday and we get the best 5 years he’ll have left in him. He stays 2 more and is healthy, so much the better.

    The money is crazy, but at least with Kersh you’re relatively assured he’ll use it for the greater good.

  6. trublu4ever says:

    I am thrilled!

  7. zonadodger says:

    Love the deal :) Glad they got it done

  8. lbirken says:

    Is Kershaw worth it? Is any player worth these huge contracts? What intrigues me most about these contracts is the opt out clause. In reality, the Dodgers had little choice but to pay Kershaw a lot of money to keep him. I am not too concerned about a drop off because of the big contract simply because Kershaw has demonstrated his competiveness. All he has to do is stay healthy.

    • 32and53fan says:

      It seems like if a player is allowed an opt-out, then the club should also have that option. I’m sure the Yankees would have loved to opt out of ARod’s contract.

  9. 32and53fan says:

    If Hanley Ramirez manages to stay healthy all year, he might be able to put together an MVP season. He should be the next in line for an extension. However, there are some sportswriters that would like him to have the prospect of free agency to motivate him to have a good year. Since he says he loves being in L.A., maybe not signing him to an extension would work out. I, for one, would just as soon guarantee him a few more years as a Dodger.

  10. grizzy says:

    YOWZAH!!!!

  11. Dodger4life says:

    I’m glad to see Kershaw will be sticking around a while…

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think this was a great signing for both the team and for Clayton. It’s a relief to know we don’t have to worry about losing him for, at least, another 5 years.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    I have to hand it to the new ownership, they seem to be sticking to their word of doing the best to win, not only now, but in the future…
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    I realize we can debate the decision to extend Mattingly… But bottom line is, him and his staff still have to show productive results.

  14. crash24now says:

    Next move – let’s sign Tanaka!

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The clock is ticking….Tick, tick,,,tick…Tonaka?

  16. lbirken says:

    Kahli, I saw that letter in the Times but did not realize it was you. I still do not think Mattingly is as bad as some think but I do agree he is definitely on a hot seat before any sweat has been dropped in Spring Training. Maybe this is a good thing and he will not need any prompting from his bosses to “turn things around” as I am sure he knows quite well the task before him. If the players stay relatively healthy, the Dodgers should do well. Nothing can be taken for granted; the players still have to perform and Donnie may be in for some challenges is all four outfielders are healthy and ready to play everyday. The bench is still not all that strong and we have seen that the roster changes significantly as the season progresses.

    I am not too concerned about whether or not the Dodgers sign Tanaka. If he is as good as we are told, he certainly would solidify an already good rotation. But if they don’t sign him, nothing changes about the expectations. The road to future success still lies in developing another Kershaw, higher quality middle infielders and a power hitting first baseman or outfielder.

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