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Old 01-15-2014, 08:36 PM  
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Kershaw lands 7 years and $215 million

The*Los Angeles Dodgers*and*Clayton Kershaw*have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

Kershaw has an out clause after five years.

It is the richest deal for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history, eclipsing the seven-year, $180 million contract Detroit gave*Justin Verlander*last winter, and his average annual salary of $30.7 million is the highest ever for any baseball player.

The 25-year-old Kershaw has won two of the last three National League Cy Young Awards, as well as a Roberto Clemente award for his charitable work.

Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded an orphanage in the African nation of Zambia called Hope's Home that they visit every offseason. They co-wrote a book about their experiences last winter titled, "Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself."

Kershaw went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season, his sixth with the Dodgers. The left-hander has a 2.60 career ERA and recorded at least 212 strikeouts in each of the past four seasons.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:10 PM   #16
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You're probably right, but I refuse to believe that. Took my family to 5 games at the K last year including opening day and July 3/4. Saw some great baseball and made some amazing memories. The shitty part is that they are in love with they Royals too and "they believe". That's what pisses me off. Even the wifey has bought all in and she was born and raised in Minnesota. Wife was washing dishes tonight when I told her about the signing, and she said maybe Royals can catch lightning in a bottle. Please, please tell me that's not what we are resigned to.
I haven't given up all hope on a playoff appearance, but I would dump my life savings on tickets at the K if they ever did make it. I'm afraid if they do make it, they may never make it back.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #17
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Sad day for a Royals fan. Baseball is broken and needs to be fixed. I saw a stat on ESPN that of the 25 highest paid contracts in MLB, the Dodgers have five of them. Zach Greinke is at #7.
The Dodgers have 5 players who average more than $20 million a year.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:17 PM   #18
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There are plenty of examples over the last 6-7 years of teams spending less than the Royals and making the playoffs. Most people just don't realize it.

There were three teams in the playoffs that spent less than the Royals, and Cleveland was ranked one spot ahead of KC in total payroll. The Royals have spent more in recent years than teams like the A's and Rays who always seem to be successful. The A's almost won 100 games last year. Money's not the only issue.

Although with these huge differences in TV money now... we'll see where it stands in another 7-8 years.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:18 PM   #19
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Your right TK. The Royals main problem is their draft picks underperform.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:21 PM   #20
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The Dodgers have 5 players who average more than $20 million a year.
Kershaw and Greinke will be making 55+. Jeremy Guthrie restructures so we can go 90 million this year if need be.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:11 PM   #21
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Average man won't be able to afford tickets
Baseball is cheap to attend a game. You want to sit behind the dugout, thats not cheap. But, you want to take the family and sit in the upper deck at a Royals game, $10 on some days.

It's the cable contracts that are paying for these huge salaries, not ticket sales. You can't sell $2 BILLION worth of tickets.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:15 PM   #22
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:16 PM   #23
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No player in any sport, especially a pitcher who plays every 5th game, is worth $30MM a year.

Just plain dumb.
Entitled to you opinion but you are wrong. Someone with the money said, yeah he's worth $30 million a year. When you have a $2 BILLION cable TV contract you can afford a $250 million payroll.

The Cardinals beat him 3 times last year. Cardinal kryptonite.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:17 PM   #24
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:20 PM   #25
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Royals will never have a chance in this kind of league...
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:31 PM   #26
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Wow.

I walked away from baseball as a player and fan in 1994.

It's to the point now that it's a clean flush. Pretty much everyone that was a player when I was a kid is long gone and are getting into the HOF now and I haven't even heard of this guy that's gonna be the highest paid player in the sports history.

It's surreal.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:34 PM   #27
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I'd rather see the Royals in a "second league" below the major markets at this point. It would give them a chance to be competitive. The Royals will never win a pennant. I resigned myself to that a while ago.
They can. They just can't make any mistakes. They need young players who get called up to immediately be stars so they can get 5 good years out of them. They have to be able to sign guys that outperform their contracts and be able to replace the good ones who leave to get the $15M/year+ they aren't ever going to be able to pay. Not impossible, but really difficult. They just have to beat 4 other teams to win the division. Then get a little lucky or have a few great pitchers.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:26 AM   #28
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And yet, I doubt they win the division this year. Giants or dbacks.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:05 AM   #29
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And yet, I doubt they win the division this year. Giants or dbacks.
Dbacks maybe, Giants have no more pitching. I dont know what the **** happened to Lincicum. I dont know if he was Juicing or what, but he's lost about 5-7 mph of his fastball and he's not even 30 years old yet. I shouldnt say they dont have any pitching, its just not as good as their WS years.

Dbacks will be competitive though. Dodgers took the division and had the most injuries i ever seen. I guess thats what the big bank roll does. Crazy to think they were bankrupt a few years ago. Thank god for Stan Kasten and his 5billion net worth. He may be worth 7B not too sure
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