Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers Reach 2-Year, $19M Deal

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers and left handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw have reached a deal to avoid arbitration. Hernandez reports that it is a two year deal and it is worth $19 million.

These would have been Kershaw's first two years of being arbitration eligible, thus this agreement buys out his first two years. Kershaw is coming off of a season where he was the National League Cy Young Award winner.

The deal does not, however, delay his free agency. Following the 2013 season, he will be arbitration eligible and in the off season after that, then he will be a free agent, He will make $7.5 million in this season, and in 2013 he will make around $11 million. He also will get a $250k signing bonus.

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