Clayton Kershaw agrees to three-year, $93 million extension with Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw isn’t going anywhere. The 30-year-old lefty agreed to a three-year, $93 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

The decision gives Kershaw slightly more long-term stability. Kershaw’s previous deal had him under contract for $34.5 million in 2019 and $35 million in 2020. The extension takes him through another season at a similar salary.

It also pushes off Kershaw’s potential free agency another year. With the deal, Kershaw won’t be a free agent until the end of the 2021 season.

In 11 seasons with the team, Kershaw has posted a 2.39 ERA over 2,096 1/3 innings. He’s made seven All-Star teams, won three Cy Young awards, was the National League MVP in 2014 and tossed a no-hitter.

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Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Bradbury/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 8: Candid portrait of Clayton Kershaw of the United States Futures Team before the game against the World Futures Team at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on July 8, 2007. The World Team defeated the United States Team 7-2.. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre (R) watches Clayton Kershaw go through pitching drills during baseball spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, October 3, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after being taken from the game in the sixth inning during play against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in Philadelphia, October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at their MLB National League baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers' left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, 23, addresses a news conference after winning the National League Cy Young Award in Los Angeles, California November 17, 2011. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during a MLB spring training baseball camp in Glendale, Arizona, February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds during the third inning of their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Glendale, Arizona, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers answers questions before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (R) jokes with teammate Skip Schumaker in the dugout before the start of their MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Arizona, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
October 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) celebrates the 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves following game four of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen pose on arrival at the 47th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Henderson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) in the fourth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) holds back starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) after he was ejected in the seventh inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) gets a champagne shower after the Dodgers beat the Giants to clinch the National League West title at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; National League pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the American League during the fifth inning of the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
October 8, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw speaks with media following workouts before game one of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
April 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) is greeted after being relieved in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
April 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) and manager Dave Roberts (30) celebrate the 7-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; National League pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs during batting practice one day before the 2017 MLB All Star Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws the ball during today's workouts a day prior to game 1 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Following the Dodgers’ loss in the World Series, it was no guarantee Kershaw would remain with the club. He was asked about his contract situation shortly after his Game 5 loss to the Boston Red Sox, and told reporters he was undecided.

After a few days passed, it became clear Kershaw wanted to remain with the Dodgers. He pushed back his opt-out deadline in order to negotiate his extension with the team.

Before doing that, Kershaw likely had to balance the whether it was worth it to hit the free-agent market with $70 million still remaining on his old deal. While still effective, Kershaw has been limited by injuries over the past three years. He’s failed to exceed 175 innings in each of those seasons. Despite that, he’s still posted a 2.26 ERA over that period.

There are other concerns as well. Kershaw has seen his velocity take a step backward in recent years. He averaged over 94 mph with his fastball back in 2008. Kershaw averaged 91 mph with his heater in 2018. He’s also hasn’t been as effective in the postseason, putting up a 4.32 ERA over 152 playoff innings in his career.

While worrisome, those issues may not have kept Kershaw from getting more than $70 million on the open market. However, he may have found it difficult to secure $35 million per season. The decision to stay with the Dodgers combines the best of both worlds for Kershaw. He still receives his high annual salary in the short term, but also managed to secure a slightly longer deal with a team he knows well.

The allure of a long-term deal elsewhere may have been appealing, but Kershaw had plenty of reasons to remain with the Dodgers. Despite losing back-to-back World Series, the Dodgers are still built to contend in the short term. The team also has an endless supply of money and should be a popular destination for premier free agents who can join Kershaw in his quest for a ring.

Kershaw’s familiarity with the club likely played a role as well. For a little over a decade, he’s been the face of the franchise. Some assumed there was no way he would leave the team. Kershaw did sign his massive seven-year, $215 million extension a year before he was eligible for free agency, so there is a history of Kershaw forgoing the market for the comfort of familiarity. That’s exactly what happened here.

For now, Kershaw is back with the Dodgers for at least three more seasons. With their first major free-agent question solved, the Dodgers can now turn their attention to bringing in the players who are finally going to get Kershaw his ring.

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