Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw concluded to arrangement on a $19 million, 2 year deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been planned for February 14.
Kershaw was in his 1st winter of settlement eligibility, meaning he will possess another winter of suitability, following the 2013 season, before he potentially becomes suitable for free agency after 2014. He will obtain a $7.5 million income in 2012, with $2 million of that deferred to January 2013, and $11 million in 2013, and an additional $500,000 signing bonus that successfully puts his 2012 figure at $8 million — well below the midpoint ($8.25 million) between the arbitration data filed last month by Kershaw ($10 million) and the franchise($6.5 million). Odds
“I’m in no way had concerns regarding the business side of baseball,” Kershaw said. “It is not for us to stress about. We’re just supposed to play. But, at the same time, to prevent settlement and just be done with it all is wonderful. Obviously the contract’s a huge blessing, and the family and I are truly excited about it.”
Dodger’s CEONed Colletti credited Alex Tamin, the club’s newly hired administrator of contracts, analysis and operations who was handing all the team’s arbitration situations for the first time, with coming up with a offer that was fair to both sides.
“It was a full-length process, and it took awhile,” Colletti recounted. “We had 1 year discussions, two-year discussions and 4-year talks. There were a lot of distinct things in play all the time. Alex did a great job of managing it and keeping it level and giving us an opportunity at a multiyear contract that offers Clayton and his folks some security. And for us, you know what you’re going to be paying (for 2 years).”
Said Kershaw of the agreement: “There were a couple other choices (in terms of years), but we felt like this was the very best for both parts.”
The contract mirrors that of San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, who in his 1st time fit for arbitration 2 years ago agreed to a $23 million, 2-year agreement. Scores
Kershaw, who will turn 24 in the spring training, received just $500,000 in 2011, when he went 21-5 and won the pitching version of the Triple Crown by leading the National League with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts and tying for the league lead in wins. He additionally made the NL All-Star team for the 1st time.
The Dodgers at first drafted Kershaw in the 1st round (seventh overall) out of Highland Park High School in Dallas in 2006. He was in the major leagues less than 2 years later.
“He obviously was one of our own since the starting, “Colletti announced.”We observed him fully developed and get better and more refined as someone who had plus, plus ability and required the experience to match it. He is a student of the game. He learns what he should do, and then he will execute it in the midst of a game. That is the sign of the greatest.”