Clayton Kershaw is (deservedly) a very rich man
Kershaw agreed to a 7-year contract with the Dodgers worth $215 million, good for an average of about $30.7 million per year.
The news was first reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, who also noted that there's an exit clause for Kershaw after 5 years.
This is a great deal for both the Dodgers, who have no shortage of cash for their players, and Kershaw, who now becomes MLB's first $30M (per year) man. Kershaw now makes more money per year than anyone in the league, and the Dodgers have locked up the best pitcher in baseball for 7 years of what should be the prime of his career.
Kershaw turns 26 right before the season starts, so this deal will extend from his age 26 season to his age 32 season. If he continues to pitch like he has over the past 5 years, in which he has had a total ERA+ of 155, that's a bargain for the Dodgers.
Kershaw has won two of the past 3 NL Cy Young awards, and came in 2nd in 2012. He led the league in ERA+ each of the last two seasons, and led the league in WHIP for the past three years. He also led the league in strikeouts in both 2011 and 2013.
Congrats to Kershaw and the Dodgers, who are both winners in this deal.