Victor of the NL Cy Young Award in 2011, '13 and '14, the seven-time All-Star was limited to 26 starts this year because of a back injury and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA while striking out 155. He went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA over 161 1/3 innings in 26 starts. "I'm looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that". If this "diminished" Kershaw is what the Dodgers can realistically expect for the foreseeable future, then they'd still be signing up for a top-tier arm to lead their rotation.
According to The Athletic, the new deal is for three years and $93 million with incentives which brings his average annual value to $31 million now rather than the previous $32.5 million.
Kershaw, owed $65 million over the next two years, can choose to become a free agent for the first time in his career. "He's the guy that epitomizes, as I've shared before, all of the things we look for in a player".
At 30, Kershaw has experience a fastball velocity decrease, and he missed time this season because of two stints on the disabled list.
The left-hander gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money.
The reigning National League champions held a $6 million option on the 35-year-old infielder, who joined the team in August after a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cleveland is interested in re-signing Brantley but did not want to commit $17.9 million for one year.
"Winning is still the most important for me, that won't change", Kershaw said. "A chance to win every single year, it doesn't come around like this in LA very often".
A free agent can be made a qualifying offer only if he has been with the same team continuously since opening day and has never received a qualifying offer before.
"No more DL time", he said. The interest and desire is there.
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