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  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the baseball NL Championship Series game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Los Angeles. After pushing his decision back 48 hours, the Dodgers ace, on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, has to either opt out of the final two years and $65 million on his contract or play out the string. (AP Photo/Jae Hong, File)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches from the dugout during the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Los Angeles. After pushing his decision back 48 hours, the Dodgers ace, on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, has to either opt out of the final two years and $65 million on his contract or play out the string. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Friday, November 02, 2018 5:30 pm

Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal

BETH HARRIS | Associated Press

 

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract that avoids free agency.

The agreement was reached Friday, just before the deadline for Kershaw to opt out of his previous deal, a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million.

He gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses based on starts, in four $1 million increments. He also can earn award bonuses.

Winner of the NL Cy Young Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014, the seven-time All-Star was limited to 26 starts this year because of a back injury and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA. The Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight season.

Kershaw signed his $215 million deal in January 2014. It called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020.

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