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Dodgers Sign Clayton Kershaw To 3 Years $93 Million

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    Clayton Krshaw Agrees 3 year 93 Million Deal Stay Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES -- 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.

    The new deal gives Kershaw a slightly smaller average annual value from what remained on his old contract ($31 million instead of $32.5 million) but tacks on an additional year and gives him the chance to earn more. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are able to retain their star pitcher without committing deep into Kershaw's 30s.

    Kershaw has three Cy Young Awards and an MVP and has made seven trips to the All-Star Game through his first 11 seasons.

    Few throughout history have been better, even in eras when pitching dominated the league. Only 13 pitchers have compiled at least 2,000 innings and sport a lower career ERA than Kershaw's 2.39. None of them pitched past 1927. Among the 30 after him in the all-time leaderboard, only one pitched past 1930.

    But it's that regular-season prowess that has made his aggregate postseason performance seem so disappointing.

    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 Wakefield.

    Kershaw still managed a 2.73 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 161⅓ regular-season innings in 2018, and he remains one of the most important members of the Dodgers.