Jordan Hachey @Jhach6
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed to a new three-year deal worth $93 million. This new deal ensures that Kershaw will be in LA until at least 2021.
Kershaw had until 4 p.m. ET on Friday to decide if he wanted to exercise or decline the option in his contract. Had he opted out, he would have forfeited $65 million over the next two seasons.
Kershaw remains one of the games most dominant pitchers, he has seven seasons with 200 strikeouts or more (and hit 301 strikeouts in 2015), six seasons with a sub-2.50 ERA, three seasons with a sub-2.00 ERA and six seasons with a WHIP below 1.00. He’s thrown 175 or more innings seven times and has eight straight years of double-digit wins (2010-17). During his career he’s led the national league ERA five times, led the league in wins and strikeouts three times.
A seven time all-star, he was the MVP of the national league and on top of that he’s won the Cy Young award three times.
To say that this is a smart move for the Dodgers is a way understatement, he has huge value to the Dodgers during the regular season. BUT in the postseason it’s a whole different problem. He’s coming off two world series appearances that were less than stellar. He was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA over 11 innings against the Boston Red Sox in this year’s World Series. Overall in the postseason he’s 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA across 24 playoff starts.
But with that being said the Dodgers would be stupid not to keep Kershaw, he’s a perennial all-star, always a favorite for the Cy Young, if he’s able to maintain his elite level of pitching as he gets deeper into his 30s, the Dodgers won’t have to worry if they wasted their money. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Kershaw would go down as one of the games best pitchers of all time.