Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed on a three-year extension, which means Kershaw will not be a free agent.
A source told ESPN that the deal will pay Kershaw $93 million and includes incentives based on workload and performance. Kershaw will receive $4 million annually in bonuses based on starts, coming in four $1 million increments. This extension replaces the two years and $65 million remaining on the seven-year $215 million extension Kershaw signed in Jan. 2014.
“Honestly, I want to stay here,” Kershaw said. “Financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to stay here. I’m glad we got that done.”
Kershaw is taking this opportunity as a chance to prove his critics, who say he isn’t as good as he used to be, wrong.
He said. “I think this year especially – maybe rightfully so – there’s been a lot of people saying that I’m in decline or I’m not going to be as good as I once was. I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”
In Game 5 of the World Series, critics pointed out that Kershaw’s fastball only averaged 90 mph, a number that didn’t look great for him. There are several factors that could have played into this number, including Kershaw’s workload and back injuries.
When asked about getting his velocity back, Kershaw said he’s “not counting that out.”
“It very well could,” he said. “I have some ideas on maybe what I can do to improve on that because there’s a lot of guys who are older than me, there’s a lot of guys with more innings in the big leagues, that are still maintaining their velocity. There’s some things for me to definitely look into that. There’s some things for me to work on in the off-season.”
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