1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428
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In a league that is being defined by pitching, Kershaw is hardly the only thrower turning heads. His victory on Wednesday clubbed him with San Francisco's Johnny Cueto, Washington's Stephen Strasburg and the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta as 10-win pitchers in the NL.
But there is something uniquely authoritative about the way the three-time Cy Young winning Kershaw can impose his will on a game.
Kershaw has just seven walks in 108 innings this season and leads all of baseball with his 1.58 ERA, 133 strikeouts and three shutouts. He has not lost since April 26.
"When I look at the numbers in that context, it kind of baffles you and is kind of cartoonish," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
"It doesn't ever seem like the right decision to go take the ball from Clayton."