LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told AP.

The deal makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.

Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.

Kershaw would have been eligible for free agency after this season if the new deal hadn’t been reached. He was eligible for salary arbitration.

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He was coming off a two-year, $20 million deal.

The Dodgers had baseball’s second-highest payroll last fall at more than $236 million.

Kershaw’s agreement, first reported by ESPN.com, is baseball’s seventh of $200 million or more. Among current contracts, it trails only the agreements of Rodriguez, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto ($251.5 million over 12 years), Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols ($240 million over 10 years) and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano ($240 million over 10 years).


• Left-hander Neal Cotts and the Texas Rangers reached a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.

• The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Josh Outman by signing him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract.

• The Arizona Diamondbacks and right-handed reliever Josh Collmenter avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $2,425,000, two-year contract.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada and the New York Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

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Players with the highest annual salaries in baseball history:
Player, team Year(s) Average salary
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 2014-20 $30,714,286
x-Roger Clemens, Yankees 2007 $28,000,000
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 2008-17 $27,500,000
Justin Verlander, Tigers 2013-19 $25,714,286
Alex Rodriguez, Rangers-Yankees 2001-10 $25,200,000
Ryan Howard, Phillies 2012-16 $25,000,000
Josh Hamilton, Angels 2013-17 $25,000,000
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 2013-19 $25,000,000
Source: The Associated Press (x-joined club in June, received prorated salary of $17,442,637)