Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in major league baseball not named Justin Verlander. He is also five years younger and is currently playing for the new biggest spenders in baseball, the LA Dodgers. I don’t have to spout off Kershaw’s stats and accomplishments at such a young age. If you’re reading this blog you probably know that Kershaw is one of the league’s best. But it is truly amazing what he has done before turning 25. He’s finished 1st and 2nd place in Cy Young voting the past two years, holds a career 2.79 ERA and strikes out more than 9 per 9 innings over his career.
Justing Verlander just landed the biggest pitching contract yet. 7 years, $180M – average of $25M per. He’ll be 37 at the end of the contract, which is a danger zone for players as they, if they haven’t already, will likely drop off the cliff. The Dodgers can sign Kershaw to a ridiculous 10 year deal and he’ll still “only” be 35. The past two 10 year contracts, Albert Pujols and Jpey Votto