Clayton Kershaw: New deal gives me chance to prove people wrong

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed on a three-year extension that will keep the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market.

The Dodgers announced the extension Friday.

The deal will pay Kershaw $93 million, a source told ESPN, and includes incentives based on workload and performance. Kershaw reportedly will receive $4 million annually in bonuses based on starts, in four $1 million increments, as well as other incentives.

The extension replaces the two years and $65 million remaining on the seven-year, $215 million extension Kershaw signed in January 2014.

“Honestly, I wanted to stay here,” Kershaw said. “Financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to stay here. I’m glad we got that done. I talked a lot with Ellen [his wife]. My kiddos love it here, Ellen loves it here, I love it here. I love the team here. There’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I would be looking for.

“Myself, personally, a chance to win every single year, it doesn’t come around like this in L.A. very often. We just decided that it was a much better option to try to work it out here than to do anything else.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Kershaw, 30, said staying with the Dodgers also allows him an opportunity to answer some of his critics, who have said he isn’t as dominant as he used to be.1

“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 saying that I’m in decline or I’m not going to be as good as I once was. I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”

Kershaw has compiled a 4.32 ERA in 152 career postseason innings, a substantive sample size littered with maddening highs and lows. The differential between Kershaw’s regular-season ERA and postseason ERA is the second highest among those with at least 50 postseason innings, trailing only former Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim nfl jerseys china nike

His final start was the Dodgers’ last game of the 2018 season, when he gave up four runs in seven innings and was outdueled by David Price of the Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series. Kershaw’s fastball averaged only 90 mph on that Sunday night, a snapshot of the decline brought on by an exorbitant workload and three consecutive seasons with back injuries.

Asked about the potential of getting his velocity back, Kershaw said he’s “not counting that out.”

“It very well could,” he said. “I have some ideas on maybe what I can do to improve on that, because there’s a lot of guys who are older than me, there’s a lot of guys with more innings in the big leagues, that are still maintaining their velocity. There’s some things for me definitely to look into that. There’s some things for me to work on in the offseason.”