The Dodgers have agreed to an extension with ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw, reports ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne (via Twitter). The deal is for seven years and $215MM, and includes an out clause that can be exercised after five years.
Kershaw's representatives at Excel Sports Management have secured their client the highest-ever annual salary for a baseball player. His $30.7MM AAV bests those achieved in the one-year, $28MM deal for Roger Clemens back in 2007 and Alex Rodriguez's ten-year, $275MM deal. And through the out clause, Kershaw will have the opportunity to hit the open market at just 30 years of age.
He only had 10 rbi last year, he better turn that around.
Edit: His 10 RBI in 92 PA was an ever so slightly better rate than Votto's 73 in 726 PA. Snark fail.