Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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That may not have been the truly long-term contract some of the faithful were hoping for, but the Dodgers did avoid arbitration with Clayton Kershaw this year and the next by signing him Tuesday to a two-year, 19-million contract. The Times Dylan Hernandez reports Kershaw will earn a 500,000 signing bonus, 7.5 million this season and 11 million in 2013. The club had previously exchanged arbitration figures with National Leagues Cy Young winner, submitting 6.5 million to Kershaws 10-million bid. His contract is in keeping with the Dodgers signing players at a comparatively low salary for next season, then raising it significantly the next. Matt Kemp, who signed an eight-year, 160-million contract in November, will earn just 10 million next season, 2 million of it deferred. The Dodgers 2012 active payroll now figures to come in about 93.5 million. It seems a fair contract for both the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Kershaw, thought particularly for the Dodgers. After his third seaso...
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