Clayton Kershaw filed for salary arbitration and was heading into his last season under contract with the Dodgers before hitting free agency. Management made sure that the 25-year-old wouldn’t have a chance to sign with any other team with the record-setting deal. It’s the largest contract ever given to a pitcher and includes an opt-out clause after five years. Kershaw will make $22 million next season and will make as much as $33 million in 2017.
After winning his second Cy Young award in the past three years, the left-hander set himself up for a big payday. He hinted that he was curious about free agency, but won’t be able to test the market until at least the 2018 season.
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