It took long enough for this to happen, something that Dodger president Stan Kasten and the rest of the front office should have taken care of long ago, but…
Dodger fans are undoubtedly ecstatic over the news that the team and their ace, two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, agreed to a contract extension that makes him the highest paid pitcher in MLB history.
The details are as follows:
1. The contract extension is for seven years at a record $215 million
2. Kershaw can opt out of the deal after five years
3. There is a no-trade clause (of course!)
4. The deal averages out to be $30.7 million per season
A big, fat bravo and kudos to the Dodgers for making this happen, as it shows once and for all that they are serious about making it to the World Series – and winning it – this coming season.
Kershaw and the rest of the pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training at Camelback Ranch on the weekend of February 8th. I know I can’t wait!
With the Dodger ace locked up, pitchers like Zack Greinke returning, and the team considering bidding for Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, to say that things look very optimistic for Dodger blue in 2014 is an understatement.