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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
Contract: view contract details
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Dodgers signed LHP Clayton Kershaw to a three-year, $93 million contract.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports was first to report that the two sides had come together on a new deal and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to provide the contract details. The pact also contains incentives. In essence, Kershaw used his opt-out as leverage to get another year and at least $28 million added on to his contract. Kershaw hasn't made 30 starts in season since 2015 due to injury and his velocity was noticeably down in 2018, but he was still highly effective with a 2.73 ERA and 155/29 K/BB ratio over 161 1/3 innings. He will turn 31 next March. Nov 2 - 4:30 PM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are nearing a contract extension.

Kershaw's deadline to exercise his opt-out clause was extended from Wednesday at midnight to Friday at 4 p.m. ET and it's looked like it was only a matter of time before the two sides hammered out a new contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the lefty's new deal could be in the three-year, $90-100 million range.
Nov 2 - 2:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw "remain optimistic of reaching new deal."

The two sides agreed to extend the deadline for Kershaw's opt-out decision from Wednesday at midnight to Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Of course, they could continue to negotiate after that deadline if need be, although other teams would be allowed to enter the mix at that point. It looks like an inevitability that something gets done here, as it's clear both sides want it to happen. Kershaw is owed $65 million over the next two years, but a new deal would likely tack on another year or two at a lower AAV.
Nov 2 - 12:46 PM

The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed to extend the deadline for his opt-out decision until Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

It sounds like this is going to result in the two sides working out some form of a contract extension, like previous reports have suggested. The deadline had been Wednesday at midnight. Kershaw is currently owed a total of $65 million over the next two years, but his contract contains an opt-out clause for this offseason, and if he were to exercise it he would become a free agent. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 155/29 K/BB ratio over 161 1/3 regular-season innings in 2018.
Oct 31 - 9:48 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that it's widely believed that Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers will work out a short-term extension.

Kershaw can become a free agent if he so chooses by opting out of his contract before the end of Wednesday. Based on what Olney is hearing from agents and executives, it's believed that the ace will instead work out an extension -- albeit a short one -- that keeps him in Dodger blue for the next couple of seasons. It'd be a win/win for both parties: Los Angeles keeps their best pitcher for at least the next couple of seasons without breaking the bank, and Kershaw gets a deserved raise for another couple of years before getting another chance at hitting free agency.
Oct 31 - 11:35 AM

Clayton Kershaw said following Sunday's World Series loss to the Red Sox that he's still mulling over whether to exercise the opt-out in his contract with the Dodgers.

"I haven't made the decision yet," said Kershaw, who allowed four runs over seven innings in Sunday's Game 5 loss against the Red Sox. "We have three days to talk, between us and the Dodgers, see what happens. And then we'll go from there." Kershaw understandably didn't want to address the elephant in the room after the loss, but we'll know this week whether he'll walk away from the final two years and $65 million of his contract with the Dodgers. Odds are that he will, at least assuming some sort of extension isn't worked out at the last minute. Kershaw, who turns 31 next March, posted a 2.73 ERA and 155/29 K/BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings over 26 starts during the regular season. He put up a 4.20 ERA over six appearances (including five starts) during the postseason.
Oct 29 - 8:45 AM

Clayton Kershaw was on the losing end of the decision as the Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason on Sunday, giving up four runs on seven hits over seven innings against the Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series.

Kershaw punched out five on the night and didn't walk a batter. All of the damage against him came via the longball, with Steve Pearce blasting a two-run homer in the opening frame, while Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez tacked on solo shots in the sixth and seventh innings respectively. He finishes the postseason 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, which includes a pair of losses to the Red Sox in the World Series. The star southpaw is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract this winter and test the free agent market.
Oct 28 - 11:19 PM

The Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series.

The team did not announce who would start Saturday's Game 4 after the 18-inning affair Friday night taxed both clubs. Kershaw took the loss in Game 1, allowing five earned runs over four-plus innings against the Red Sox. He'll likely be opposed by Chris Sale in a Game 1 rematch.
Oct 27 - 4:18 PM

Clayton Kershaw was charged with five earned runs over four-plus innings Tuesday in the Dodgers' World Series Game 1 loss to the Red Sox.

Kershaw looked off from the jump, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning with his fastball sitting around 90 mph. He gave up another run in the bottom of the third and was lifted after allowing the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the fifth. They'd both come around to score. The 30-year-old left-hander now holds a 4.28 ERA in 145 career postseason innings -- not a small sample size. His lack of October success remains puzzling.
Oct 24 - 12:09 AM

Clayton Kershaw will officially start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

That has been the most likely scenario, even after Kershaw threw 15 pitches to close out Game 7 against the Brewers on Saturday. The alternative would have been Rich Hill, but instead we'll get the marquee matchup of Kershaw vs. Chris Sale.
Oct 22 - 3:15 PM

Clayton Kershaw fired a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to close out the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 win over the Brewers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Kershaw was a near certainty to pitch at some point, and with a four-run lead he called on his ace to get the final three outs. Kershaw did it with the ease of a long-time closer, getting Travis Shaw to ground out before fanning Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas to end it. The inning was such a breeze for Kershaw -- 15 pitches, nine strikes, little stress -- that it's a near lock that he'll turn around and start Tuesday's World Series Game 1 against the Red Sox in Boston. What a game that should be, too, with Kershaw squaring off against Chris Sale in a battle of two of the game's best.
Oct 20 - 11:37 PM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss.
Oct 17 - 8:54 PM

Clayton Kershaw was yanked during the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

The star southpaw's defense didn't do him any favors in this one, making three errors behind him, but he was still saddled with five runs (four earned) on six hits in his three-plus innings of work. Kershaw struck out two and walked two in what was the shortest postseason start of his career. He allowed a solo homer to Brewers' relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff as part of a two-run third inning, then was chased after allowing a two-run single to Domingo Santana in the fourth. He threw 74 pitches, 52 of them for strikes, in his three-plus innings.
Oct 13 - 12:15 AM

Clayton Kershaw is lined up to start a potential NLDS Game 5 against the Braves on Wednesday.

Of course, the Dodgers are hoping it won't come to that and that they'll be able to finish off the Braves on Monday. Kershaw dominated in Game 2 on Friday, allowing just two hits over eight scoreless innings.
Oct 8 - 2:10 PM

Clayton Kershaw was dominant in Friday's victory over the Braves, allowing just two hits over eight shutout innings, pitching the Dodgers to a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NLDS.

It was just the fourth start of any pitcher in postseason history that went eight or more innings and allowed two or fewer hits without walking a batter. While he only struck out three on the night, there's no doubt that he was in complete command throughout, needing only 85 pitches (63 strikes) to navigate through eight innings. Once considered a liability in the postseason, Kershaw has compiled a 3.06 ERA and 0.81 WHIP across his 53 innings in the playoffs since the 2016 NLCS. Unless the Braves rally to win each of the next two games, the next time we'll see Kershaw on the hill would be in the NLCS.
Oct 6 - 12:29 AM