According to ESPN, reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal allows the two parties to avoid a previously scheduled arbitration hearing.
Kershaw will still have one more round of arbitration eligibility once this deal ends in two years but at least the Dodgers were able to lock him down for now. General manager Ned Colletti was happy a deal was able to get done and he credits newly appointed director of contracts, research and operations Alex Tamin for taking care of both sides.
“It was a full-length process, and it took a while,” Colletti said. “We had one-year discussions, two-year discussions and four-year discussions. There were a lot of different things in play all the time. Alex did a great job of managing it and keeping it level and giving us a chance at a multiyear deal that gives Clayton and his family some security. And for us, you know what you’re going to be paying for.”
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall by the Dodgers in 2006 and made his major league debut on May 25, 2008.
“He obviously was one of our own since the beginning,” Colletti said. “We watched him mature and get better and more refined as somebody who had plus, plus talent and needed the experience to match it. He is a student of the game. He learns what he needs to do, and then he can execute it in the midst of a game. That is the mark of the best.”
The left-handed Kershaw was 21-5 last season with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 233.1 innings pitched.
Along with his Cy Young Award last season, Kershaw was also awarded the Pitching Triple Crown, Gold Glove Award, Warren Spahn Award (best left-handed pitcher in MLB), National League Strikeout Champion, MLB ERA Champion, National League Wins Champion and The Sporting News’ National League Pitcher of the Year.