Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was offered a “lifetime contract in the range of $300 million” earlier in the 2013 season and he turned it down!
The Dodgers were looking to make Kershaw the highest paid pitcher in the history of the game and he was reluctant to accept.
The largest contract ever given to a pitcher was the seven-year $180 million given to Justin Verlander by the Detroit Tigers so a “lifetime” contract for Clayton Kershaw in the range of $300 million is pretty shocking.
Kershaw is largely regarded at present to be the best pitcher in baseball. He will likely win his second Cy Young in the past three seasons and was the runner-up last season. Kershaw led the majors in ERA in three straight seasons and posted an extremely impressive 1.83 ERA this season. Oh, and don’t forget, Kershaw is only 25 years old.
It makes sense that Kershaw would be the highest paid pitcher in the game today but $300 million is a little excessive. And why would Kershaw or anyone for that matter turn down around $300 million? What if he gets hurt? Maybe he wants to test free agency?
With all of the uncertainty pitchers in the game face today, for me, it would be a no brainer to take the money. What would you do?
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