By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw had originally until Wednesday if he was going to opt-in to his remaining contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers then gave him more time to think about things until Friday.
Instead of Kershaw opting in to the remaining time with the team, he signed an extension with the franchise. He signed a three-year, $93 million deal with the team.
Kershaw reportedly walked away from a two-year, $65 million guaranteed deal. However, the team elected to offer him a third-year at $28 million to allow him to leave that previous deal.
The 30-year-old Dallas, Texas native will be 33-years-old when this new deal ends. He signed a seven-year, $215 million with the franchise in 2013 that included an option that he could become a free agent after the fifth-season.
“Winning is still the most important for me, that won’t change,” Kershaw said. “And I think this deal as well gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong. This year especially, maybe rightfully so, there’s been a lot of people saying I’m in decline. 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.
“I really believe that for three years, I can be just as good as I ever have been. I’m not saying I can’t be good past that, but that’s as long as I’m willing to commit to right now. I feel really good about that chunk of time and I feel really good about being productive for that time.”
This season, Kershaw had his worst season since the 20009 season. He went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA over 161 1/3 innings in 26 starts. He allowed 55 runs (49 earned runs), including 17 home runs. He also struck out 155 batters and walked 29.
In his career with the Dodgers, he has gone 153-69 in 316 starts, including one game finished and 25 complete games. He also had 15 shutouts over 2.096 1/3 innings. Kershaw had allowed 609 runs (557 earned runs) including 145 home runs. He has struck out 2,275 batters and walked 536.
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