A.J. Ellis and Clayton KershawYesterday afternoon the Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw signed a record-breaking seven-year, $215 million contract. The 25-year-old lefty filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday and it was evident that both sides wanted to avoid that as much as possible.

While there were reports that he wanted to test free agency, the Dodgers will get the prime of Kershaw’s career and at age 30, he’s able to opt-out. With the deal, a whole fanbase can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the best pitcher in baseball will be wearing Dodger Blue for at least the next five-to-seven years.

Even though the deal hasn’t been officially announced by the team (expected tomorrow), several Dodgers players took to Twitter and the radio waves to discuss what the signing means:

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is quite excited his batterymate will be in LA long-term:

Outfielder Matt Kemp also chimed in:

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt spoke to MLB Network Radio about the ace:

Former Dodger Todd Coffey was also congratulatory:

Closer Kenley Jansen was also thrilled to hear the news:

It’s clear that Kershaw’s current and former teammates are excited to have him back and Dodger fans everywhere can breathe a little easier knowing he’s locked up for the foreseeable future.

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ICYMI: The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw agreed to a record-breaking contract extension

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