Clayton Kershaw is still two years away from free agency, but Magic Johnson has already said the Dodgers plan to make the ace the highes-paid pitcher in baseball. And based on some of the contracts signed recently, that means Kershaw’s is going to be big.
The Tigers just recently gave Justin Verlander a 5-year, $140 million extension. Paired with the two years remaining on his previous deal, this gives Verlander $180 million over the next seven years.
They consider that Kershaw is not only left-handed, which adds value, but he will also be 27 in 2015, three years younger than Verlander is now. Knowing that, it would seem that a 7-year, $210 million contract ($30 million per year) is probably where Kershaw will end up…
Data via BaseballProspectus.com
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