Many around the league expect Los Angeles Dodgers
left-hander Clayton Kershaw to become the first pitcher to receive a $200
million guaranteed contract. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, this will certainly
happen, as he hears negotiations between Kershaw and the Dodgers have already
surpassed the $200 million mark.
Heyman notes that Kershaw is everything a team could want in
a pitcher set to receive a record deal. He’s young – 25 years old – but already
has an extremely solid track record. He won the National League Cy Young Award
in 2011, and he finished second for the honor last year.
Over six seasons in the majors, Kershaw owns a career ERA of
2.75 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.89. He’s started at least 30 games per
season since 2009, and has notched more than 200 innings per year since ’10.
The southpaw is off to another hot start this season, not surrendering a run
over his first two starts spanning 16 innings, while collecting 16 strikeouts
to one walk and a pair of victories.
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