Clayton Kershaw is one of the best (if not THE best) left handed starters in baseball. He’s going to be a Cy Young-caliber starter year in and year out for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they’re not exactly shy at giving out huge contracts. With that being said, Kershaw’s value has to have sky rocketed due to the contracts for Cole Hamles (Philadelphia Phillies) and the Dodgers’ very own Zack Greinke. Is it out of the realm of possibility Kershaw could get a 10-year deal for $200 million?
I actually think this is extremely possible, and it would make Kershaw the highest paid pitcher of all time. The guy tops any rotation in baseball, is left-handed, and is only 24 years old (almost 25). There’s no reason to think the Dodgers won’t continue to throw out buckets of money at top players, and Kershaw is a organizational cornerstone. The Dodgers have obviously gone out and gotten big name guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke, but they’ve taken care of their own stars (Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier) at the same time.
CC Sabathia had the biggest contract as a pitcher at one time, and let’s put it this way: Kershaw is better at 24/25 than Sabathia ever was. Yup, I went there.
There’s no way the Dodgers are going to let him leave when he becomes a free agent and I expect Kershaw isn’t going to give the Dodgers a “hometown discount” after watching several of his teammates get rich. If I were him, I’d be pretty jacked because that huge pay day is certainly coming quick.
I look to Kershaw at being in the running for another Cy Young this year. Good luck NL West: you’ll need it.