MLB free agent news: Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw agree to deal

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Clayton Kershaw (Getty Images)

The Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a deal that will keep the left-hander in Los Angeles. The team announced the deal Friday

According to The Athletic, the new deal is for three years and $93 million with incentives which brings his average annual value to $31 million now rather than the previous $32.5 million. The Dodgers have not announced the terms on the money.

On Thursday, team executives Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi had characterized negotiations with Kershaw as “ongoingly pleasant.”

“Obviously he’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had — not just on the field, but from a culture standpoint, in terms of bringing up young pitchers and kind of emulating the work ethic, the drive,” Friedman said of Kershaw (per ESPN.)

The Dodgers earlier this week agreed to extend Kershaw’s deadline to decide whether he would exercise his contract option from midnight ET Wednesday to Friday afternoon.

Kershaw signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January 2014 that included the player option to become a free agent after five seasons. 

Kershaw, who turns 31 in March, was owed $65 million over the next two seasons.

He posted a 2.73 ERA in 2018, but he has spent time on the disabled list during each of the past three seasons with back issues. In 11 MLB seasons, all with the Dodgers, Kershaw is 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA. He’s a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner (runner-up twice) and a seven-time All-Star.