In case you have been living under a rock thinking of terrible cliches, the Dodgers extended Clayton Kershaw for $215 million over seven years. For those that are not math savvy, that’s $30 million per year. Kershaw has a fifth year opt-out. Essentially, the Dodgers guaranteed five more years of Clayton Kershaw in his prime.
Since coming up to The Show in 2008, Kershaw has logged over 1000 innings pitched (1180, to be exact.) Within five years, his K/9 sits at a sexy 9.2, while his BB/9 is 3.0. To give you a better perspective, Kershaw has struck out 25% of the batters he has faced in the last 1180 innings pitched and has walked only 8.3%. With a career ERA/FIP/xFIP of 2.60/2.88/3.31, 1.09 WHIP, and 28.4 WAR, Clayton Kershaw has landed himself within the top 10 starting pitchers over the last five years, and is at the top of the list when looking at WHIP and ERA. When looking at league average stats, ERA-, FIP-, and xFIP-, Clayton Kershaw leads baseball with a 68 ERA-, is in the top 3 with a 75 FIP-, and ranked 8/10 with a 83 xFIP-. All of this has been accomplished within five years. And the Dodgers have him guaranteed for five more!
Oh yeah, he also has two Cy Young awards.
Did I mention he is also 26 years old?
But of course, all of that means nothing because:
@TwittinSports so you pay him to win games in June not October? Lol
— Shaun (@ShaunMichael80) January 15, 2014
@Dodgers Why would you pay Kershaw that much if he can’t win you a playoff game?
— Adam Tykot (@AdamTykot) January 15, 2014
All that stat mumbojumbo means nothing:
@BNightengale imagine what Kershaw would get if he could win a playoff game?
— Desmond Melia (@drgonzo777) January 15, 2014
Thank god he wasn’t a free agent, otherwise no one would have signed his ass.