ESPN: Dodgers Reach Record Contract With Clayton Kershaw

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  It looks like Clayton Kershaw will be calling the city of Los Angeles his home for years to come.

According to ESPN, the Dodgers and Kershaw have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal.  It is the richest contract in MLB history for a pitcher, dwarfing the seven-year, $180 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave Justin Verlander.

Kershaw, 25, went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season.  He has won two of the last three NL Cy Young Awards and boasts a 2.60 career ERA.

The contract reportedly has an opt-out clause after the fifth year, meaning that Kershaw could be lined up for another mega-deal at the age of 30.

The Dodgers offered Kershaw a contract in the $300 million range during this past season, but he was unsure if he wanted to commit to it.  Nevertheless, both sides remained confident that a long-term deal would be completed before the start of the 2014 season.

Kershaw would have been an unrestricted free agent next winter.

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