The official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Dodgers just announced that the team has signed Clayton Kershaw to a two-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports the deal is for 19 million dollars.
Here’s the breakdown:
Kershaw will receive a $500k signing bonus, $7.5 million salary in 2012, $11 million salary in 2013.
MLB Trade Rumors projected his arbitration salary to come in at $8.4 million, and they are usually on point, so it seems like a good deal for the team. Plus, if Kershaw performs anywhere near as well in 2012, I think he would get a ton more than $11 million.
For comparison, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants got two years and $23 million his first time through arbitration as a Super Two, which Kershaw is not.