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.
|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)|