Clayton Kershaw

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Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Age: 34-107d Exp: 13.105 Years Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Drafted: Round 1 (#7 overall), 2006 College: Highland Park HS Agent(s): J.D. Smart (Excel Sports Management)

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  • Current Contract

    Clayton Kershaw signed a 1 year / $17,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a $2,500,000 signing bonus, $17,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $17,000,000. In 2022, Kershaw will earn a base salary of $14,500,000 and a signing bonus of $2,500,000, while carrying a total salary of $17,000,000.

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $17,000,000
    Signing Bonus $2,500,000
    Average Salary $17,000,000
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Luxury Tax Salary Payroll Salary Adjusted Salary Yearly Cash
    2022 Contract details by year 34 $14,500,000 $2,500,000 $17,000,000 $17,000,000 $17,000,000 $17,000,000($17,000,000)
    2023 Free Agent Year 35 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • Games Started
      $100,000 each for 16, 20, 22, 24, 26
    • Cy Young
      1st: $1.5M
      2nd-3rd: $500,000
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Previous Contracts

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    2019-2021

    Contract: 3 yr(s) / $93,000,000
    Signing Bonus $23,000,000
    Average Salary $31,000,000
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA

    2014-2020

    Contract: 7 yr(s) / $215,000,000
    Signing Bonus $18,000,000
    Average Salary $30,714,286
    Free Agent: 2021 / UFA

    2012-2013

    Contract: 2 yr(s) / $19,000,000
    Signing Bonus $500,000
    Average Salary $9,500,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2011-2011

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $500,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $500,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2010-2010

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $440,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $440,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2009-2009

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $404,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $404,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2008-2008

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $390,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $390,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2006-2006Signing Bonus

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $2,300,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $2,300,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2006 Player Cash Earnings - $2,300,000 - $2,300,000
    2008 Player Cash Earnings $390,000 - - $390,000
    2009 Player Cash Earnings $404,000 - - $404,000
    2010 Player Cash Earnings $440,000 - - $440,000
    2011 Player Cash Earnings NL CY YOUNG,
    NL GOLD GLOVE:P
    $500,000 - - $500,000
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $7,500,000 $500,000 - $8,000,000
    2013 Player Cash Earnings NL CY YOUNG $11,000,000 - - $11,000,000
    2014 Player Cash Earnings NL MVP,
    NL CY YOUNG
    $4,000,000 $18,000,000 - $22,000,000
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $30,000,000 - - $30,000,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $32,000,000 - - $32,000,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $33,000,000 - - $33,000,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $33,000,000 - - $33,000,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $23,333,332 $23,000,000 - $46,333,332
    2020 Player Cash Earnings ALL MLB (2ND) $8,641,975 - - $8,641,975
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $23,333,334 - - $23,333,334
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $14,500,000 $2,500,000 - $17,000,000
    Est. Earnings
    (15 seasons)
    $222,042,641 $46,300,000 - $268,342,641
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    15 seasons Player Cash Earnings $222,042,641 $46,300,000 - $268,342,641
    * denotes deferred payment
  • Fines

    Date Team Category Games Susp. Forfeited Reason
    07/21/2010 Player contract details by year 5 games $12,021 Intentionally throwing at Aaron Rowand (SF)
    5 $12,021
  • Transactions

    Mar 11 2022Signed a 1 year $17 million contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Nov 2 2018Signed a 3 year $93 million contract extension with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Nov 1 2018Los Angeles (LAD) declined a $32M player option for 2019
    Jan 15 2014Signed a 7 year $215 million contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Feb 7 2012Signed a 2 year $19 million contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Mar 2 2011Signed a 1 year $500k contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Feb 2 2010Signed a 1 year $440k contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Mar 6 2009Signed a 1 year $404k contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Jun 13 2006Signed a contract with Los Angeles (LAD)
    Jun 12 2006Drafted by Los Angeles (LAD): Round 1 (#7 overall)

  • Injuries

    A look at the injuries for Clayton Kershaw, and the financial implications.

  • 2022 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Clayton Kershaw ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GP GS IP H R ER BB K HR W L S ERA WHIP WAR
    2022 LAD 8 8 45.0 34 10 10 7 47 3 5 1 0 2.00 0.911 1.37
    2021 LAD 24 22 121.2 103 51 48 21 144 15 10 8 0 3.55 1.019 2.12
    2020 LAD 10 10 58.1 41 18 14 8 62 8 6 2 0 2.16 0.84 1.73
    2019 LAD 29 28 178.1 145 63 60 41 189 28 16 5 0 3.03 1.043 3.54
    2018 LAD 27 26 161.1 139 55 49 29 155 17 9 5 0 2.73 1.041 3.29
    2017 LAD 27 27 175.0 136 49 45 30 202 23 18 4 0 2.31 0.949 4.87
    2016 LAD 23 21 149.0 97 31 28 11 172 8 12 4 0 1.69 0.725 5.83
    2015 LAD 34 33 232.2 163 62 55 42 301 15 16 7 0 2.13 0.881 7.45
    2014 LAD 27 27 198.1 139 42 39 31 239 9 21 3 0 1.77 0.857 7.68
    2013 LAD 35 33 236.0 164 55 48 52 232 11 16 9 0 1.83 0.915 8
    2012 LAD 34 33 227.2 170 70 64 63 229 16 14 9 0 2.53 1.023 6.43
    2011 LAD 33 33 233.1 174 66 59 54 248 15 21 5 0 2.28 0.977 6.73
    2010 LAD 32 32 204.1 160 73 66 81 212 13 13 10 0 2.91 1.179 5.48
    2009 LAD 31 30 171.0 119 55 53 91 185 7 8 8 0 2.79 1.228 4.66
    2008 LAD 22 21 107.2 109 51 51 52 100 11 5 5 0 4.26 1.495 1.42
    Totals 396 384 2499.2 1,893 751 689 613 2,717 199 190 85 0 2.48 1.003 70.60
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 3 yrs, $95,432,058
    • Avg. Salary: $31,810,686
    • MLB Rank: 10
    • SP Rank: 6

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2022
    • Avg. Salary: $31,000,000
    • MLB Rank: 10
    • SP Rank: 6

    Comparable Players

    We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Clayton Kershaw to.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    Hyun-Jin Ryu 4 $80,000,000 $20,000,000 32
    Stephen Strasburg 7 $245,000,000 $35,000,000 31
    Justin Verlander 2 $66,000,000 $33,000,000 36
    Dallas Keuchel 3 $55,500,000 $18,500,000 31
    Averages 4 $111,625,000 $27,906,250 32.5


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Kershaw's current age (34), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    4 $126,566,668 $31,641,667


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Kershaw statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: Games Started, Innings Pitched, Wins, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP

    Player GS IP W SO ERA WHIP
    Hyun-Jin Ryu 2018-2019, TOR 22.00 5.76 0.48 5.48 2.21 1.01
    Stephen Strasburg 2018-2019, WSH 27.50 6.05 0.51 7.27 3.48 1.10
    Justin Verlander 2017-2018, HOU 33.50 6.27 0.46 7.6 2.94 1.04
    Dallas Keuchel 2018-2019, CHW 26.50 5.99 0.38 4.6 3.74 1.33
    Average 27.38 6.02 0.46 6.24 3.09 1.12
    Clayton Kershaw 2020-2021 15.00 5.44 0.53 6.31 2.90 0.93
    % Change -45.22% -9.63% 15.22% 1.12% 6.15% 16.96%
    Median Prime % Change 3.64%
    Average Prime % Change -2.57%


    Clayton Kershaw's Calculated Market Value

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    3 years, $95,432,058 $31,810,686