Sounds Like the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw Will Work Out an Extension (UPDATE: They Did)

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Sounds Like the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw Will Work Out an Extension (UPDATE: They Did)

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It was never the case that the Chicago Cubs would be seriously in on a free agent Clayton Kershaw – especially not after picking up the 2019 option on Cole Hamels – but it would nevertheless have been fun to follow his free agency.

But, no one expected it to actually happen, despite his right to opt out of the final two years of his deal with the Dodgers, and it sounds like it is not going to happen:

Whether it’s a finalized extension at that moment or not, you figure a deal will get done at some point. It will probably get Kershaw more guaranteed dollars and years, and it could also get the Dodgers a lowered AAV for luxury tax purposes.

UPDATE: Well, this would actually not do that:

UPDATE II (Michael): It’s a done deal.

According to multiple reports on Twitter, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have come together on an extension that’ll keep him in Los Angeles for the next three seasons.

Previously, Kershaw had two years and $65M remaining, but now, he’ll get an additional year tacked onto the end plus another $28M guaranteed. Altogether, that means his new deal is for three years and $93M. Relatedly, instead of a $32.5M AAV hit, his average drops to $31M.

There are, apparently, some incentives that could cause everything to go up, but there’s not a lot of information out there on them just yet. We’ll let you know when we see them.

In the meantime, I can’t help but be bummed that he didn’t elect free agency. Even if this was probably always going to be the outcome, I just wanted to see what would’ve happened. Oh, well. I guess we’ll have to settle for two 26-year-old superstars both vying for the largest contract in big league history at the same time. Bummer.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.