While the Dodgers Community Caravan is in full swing, an unexpected announcement popped up this afternoon. The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with Clayton Kershaw, orginally slated for Valentine’s Day, and signed him to a 2-year $19 million contract. Our ace will receive a $500,000 signing bonus, $7.5 million salary in 2012, and $11 million for 2013.
In my How Much Should Clayton Kershaw Be Paid Next Season? I preferred a longer contract, but I suppose that will be decided by the new owner. This means that Clayton will still get his third year of arbitration and will remain under team control through the 2014 season. Depending on his performance in the next two years, he could demand quite a large salary by then. Let’s cross that bridge when we get there. Remember Tim Lincecum just fetched a two-year $40.5 million contract with the Giants.
Well, that freed up our Valentine’s Day, right Dodger fans?