LA Dodgers had to get Kershaw’s extension quickly in place in a very strong effort to solidify their pitching rotation.
Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed a deal, keeping the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market.
The Dodgers on their own part have even made a formal confirmation of the contract and that was on Friday.
Reports have hinted that the deal will fetch Kershaw an amount which is in the region of $93 million.
A source has also informed ESPN that the fresh contract includes incentives which has it’s basis on workload and performance.
Kershaw reportedly will also pocket $4million yearly in bonuses on starts, in four $1million increments together with other numerous incentives.
It replaces the two years and $65million remaining on the seven-year, $215million extension Kershaw decided to ink in January, 2014.
“Honestly, I wanted to stay here,” Kershaw said.
“Financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to stay here and I am glad we got that done.
“I talked a lot with Ellen (his wife), my kiddos love it here and Ellen loves it very much here.
“And I love the team here, there’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I want.
“Myself, personally, a chance to win every single year, it does not come around like this in L.A. very often.
“We just decided that it was a better option to try to work it out here than doing anything else.”
“It gives me chance to prove a lot of people wrong” – Kershaw
Kershaw who clocked 30 in March said staying put with the Dodgers also affords him a great opportunity.
And that is to answer some of his critics who have said he isn’t as dominant as he was before.
“It gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said.
“I think this year especially, maybe rightfully so, there’s been a lot of people talking.
“They have been saying that I’m in decline or I’m not going to be as good as I once was.
“I am looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that,” he summed up.